The compliment came last March, after the kid had just blown away the Rockies in a spring training game. "[Then Colorado manager] Jim Leyland came up to me and said that Kip Wells had the best stuff he'd seen in a long time," says White Sox manager Jerry Manuel. "Of course I agreed with him." Last season the 6'3", 200-pound Wells went 4-1 with a 4.04 ERA in seven big league starts. The 22-year-old righthander out of Baylor only throws in the low 90s, but he has a curveball that drops from shoulder to knee. Manuel is so high on Wells that he has already penciled him in as his No. 2 starter. "Kip's not just a thrower, he's a pitcher," says Frank Thomas. "He can spot his fastball in and out and has everything you look for in a quality pitcher."