At this point, Bryce Harper and his stardom are well known around the game of baseball. Not only is the man a two-time MVP, but he's a seven-time All-Star, Silver Slugger, you name it. The man is elite and is likely Hall of Fame-bound once he calls it a career many years from now.
That being said, when he goes out of his way to point out a player that he thinks is going to be a superstar one day, you should take note. This is exactly what happened in regards to Harper's teammate, young infielder Bryson Stott.
Harper has missed time this year and when he's on, he hasn't been fully himself. The 30-year-old has battled through a power outage and is currently working on a position change, picking up first base for the first time in his career. Stott, on the other hand, is following up a decent rookie campaign last year with a much better performance. In 96 games, the 25-year-old has nine home runs, 37 RBI, 19 steals, a .300 average and an OPS+ of 111.
This has been more than enough to grab Harper's attention. Per a report from Phillies Nation, he told reports after a recent game that he loves watching Stott go out there and do his thing on a daily basis.
"He’s such a baller out there, man. It’s so much fun to watch. He’s one of my best friends, but I can’t say enough about how he goes about it. The way he does it. At-bat by at-bat. Situation by situation. It doesn’t matter where he’s hitting in the lineup or what he’s doing. It’s just fun to watch. He's going to be a star, man. It's a lot of fun to see him do his thing."
It's worth noting that Harper and Stott have known each other since the latter was only nine years old, but we'll say there's no bias involved. Stott told reporters that Harper is one of his best friends and that he appreciates the support he gets from his long-time friend.
On both offense and defense, Stott has been a major difference-maker for the Phillies. He gives the club a young and uber-talented piece that is going to be a part of their long-term core for many years to come and it's nice to see him earn this respect from such an established veteran like his teammate Harper.