Jeff Samardzija struggled with the command of his off-speed pitches throughout his career, while also having difficulties blowing his fastball straight past hitters.
To say Samardzija has surprised this season would be an understatement.
But is it just a mirage of what he really is? Or is this Samardzija the one the Cubs thought they were getting in the fifth round out of Notre Dame?
At 4-1 with 2.89 ERA and 45 strikeouts, Samardzija has potentially put his name in All-Star consideration.
Can he be an All-Star and anchor of a competing Cubs rotation? Here are five reasons to believe he might just have a chance.