WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Everyone knew Bryce Harper would likely report to spring training for the Nationals a little on the thicker side, largely due to his relentless offseason workout program — of which he’d even given fans a glimpse via Twitter.
Until now, perhaps no spring training photo has better illustrated just how much mass the 21-year-old slugger has packed on.
Look at this photo of Harper, taken prior to the Nats’ 8-4 loss to the Braves on Tuesday.
[Photo by Sheahin/Sousa as special to WJFK]:
For some perspective, here’s a photo from Harper’s MLB debut in 2012:
Here he is near the end of last season.
Now, back to 2014.
“I think he’s like a 30-year-old man trapped in a kid’s body,” a teammate to Harper said.
“He looks like Brian Urlacher out there playing left field,” another teammate said.