Former Houston High Pitcher Throws Gem vs Redbirds/Redies for Majors

The Memphis Grizzlies lost to Fresno Wednesday night at AutoZone Park 11-to-7.

But the main story happened on the Hill for the visiting team.

Turns out that visitor is A Home Town Boy.

It wasn't long ago Matt Cain was just another lanky teenager pitching for Houston High School.

At just 20 years old, he's the San Fransico's Giants top prospect, pitching tonight for the triple-A Fresno Grizzlies.

'They were real cool to me, took me under their wing. They gave me a little kidding but they brought me up well,' says Cain.

And he's done the rest on the field, earning the USA Today minor league player of the year in 2004 after winning 17 games in double A.

This year in triple-A he leads the league in strikeouts.

Cain's meteoric rise through the minors has been amazing, but not necessarily surprising.

With a fastball in the mid-90's and 3 pitches to go with, he's a manager's dream, saying

' He has major league stuff. All that he needs to do work on is control and getting people out on days that he does have his best stuff. And he's learning to do that.'

The question for Cain now is, not IF, but WHEN he'll get called up the to the majors.

For now the Giants are keeping him waiting.

' It could come in September, it could come before that. I'm sure they're bantering that question around right now at the major league level.'

But Wednesday night, he's minor leaguer making his parents, Tom and Delores oh so proud.

He the kid with a golden arm, and soon he'll be taking it to the bank.

Cain had 6-strikeouts and only one walk against the Redbirds in 6-innings Wednesday night.