Drew Lee was in his Arizona apartment when he got the call.
Not the call to the big leagues, for which baseball players long.
But a call that was about as good as it gets for a player less than a year removed from playing college ball.
The Chicago White Sox were moving him from extended spring training to the Class A Kannapolis Intimidators. He arrived in time to play one game against the West Virginia Power.
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Then it was on to his home away from the Intimidators' home for a five-game series.
That being Lexington's Whitaker Bank Ballpark — just down Interstate 64 from his college (Morehead State) and high school (Montgomery County) alma maters.
"Coming to Lexington, it made it that much more special," he said, "knowing I'd get to come back and play in front of friends and family."
His parents, Kevin and Becky, and 16-year-old brother Sam cheered him on. So did his grandparents and friends.
"I've had a tremendous turnout of people showing up," Lee said. "So I just want to thank everybody for coming out."
Lee, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound, switch-hitting second baseman, gave his fans plenty to cheer.
In five games against the Legends, he hit .579 (11-for-19) with three homers, three doubles, eight RBI and seven runs.
After Lexington closed the series with a 10-9 victory on Roberto Pena's walk-off homer Saturday night, Legends president and CEO Alan Stein said Lee played "like Ted Williams." Lee also was saluted on the public address system for his smashing debut.
"It feels awesome," Lee said.
At Montgomery County, Lee was a three-time all-district selection and two-time all-region, as well as four-time academic all-state. He batted .500 as a senior.
He went on to earn all-Ohio Valley Conference honors at Morehead. Last year, he hit .412 with 19 doubles and 17 homers among his 84 hits, with 60 runs and 60 RBI over 50 games. He was a quarterfinalist for the Brooks Wallace Award and a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy.
The White Sox selected him in the 12th round of last June's draft and moved him from his school-days position, shortstop.
Assigned to Bristol, Lee batted .282 with five homers, 39 RBI and a league-leading 24 doubles over 62 games and was named an Appalachian League post-season all-star.
Then, he focused on getting better.
"This off-season I really worked on hitting the ball the other way," Lee said. "I was more of a pull guy and, since I've been here, I've been hitting the ball really well opposite field."
Baseball America, in its Prospects Handbook, lists Lee as the No. 1 second baseman on the Sox' minor-league depth chart, and also labels him the "sleeper" prospect of the system.
When he began this season in extended spring training, though, Lee was concerned.
"We were out in Arizona, and you go straight to short-season from there," he said. "It started to get hot out there and I was just getting frustrated because I had a good year last year and not to be called to a full-season team, it really kind of crushed me for a little bit. But I just worked hard out there and did everything I could to get out of there."
Tommy Thompson, manager of the Intimidators, liked what he saw in Lexington.
"Since he's come here, he's been playing extremely well defensively, hitting from both sides, hitting with power, clutch RBIs," Thompson said. "Just can't say enough about him right now. He's got to be seeing the ball like it's a basketball. He's been tremendous.
"Excited about what he did. Not only for us, for him — in front of his family and friends, that's extra, extra nice. You live for those moments."