When the Washington Nationals drafted Bryce Harper with the first overall pick in 2010, they knew he was going to be special. When he made his MLB debut in 2012, he proved he was too good to go back to the minors. With a spectacular 2015 season, he proved he was one of the best players in the game and won NL MVP.
Now, he's getting compared to one of the greatest players of all time.
New Nationals bench coach, Chris Speier, has been around the game for most of his life. Coming to Washington is in a sense coming full circle for him as he was first drafted by the Washington Senators in 1968 (though he didn't sign).
When talking to Speier, it becomes clear just how excited he is about the level of talent on the roster, especially Harper.
"I can't wait to see this kid," Speier said. "I've seen him from afar. He's a special talent."
So special in fact, that Speier compared him to one of the legends on the game.
"I got a chance to play with Willie Mays. ... I'll always remember as a legend that I could not believe what he was still able to do at that age and now I look at what Bryce Harper can bring to the table and I'm going oh my God, we've got some great years ahead of us."
Whenever a player gets compared to someone like Mays, especially when it comes from someone who played with him, that's high praise indeed.