The right-hander from Spring, Texas has grown to become one of the premier young pitchers in the National League. His career thus far has been decent, although unmarked. However, he erupted in the 2003 postseason, with two great performances (three days apart) in the 2003 World Series. He is a power pitcher, with a 97 MPH fastball, and a consistently 90 MPH changeup and curveball. Teamed up with Ivan Rodriguez, the star catcher, he helped the Marlins win the World Series, 4 games to 2.
He is generally a power pitcher who sometimes has problems with his control. However, he is good in clutch situations. His fielding skills are rather good, although he is not as good a fielder as some other pitchers (such as Mike Mussina or Greg Maddux).