Now that the 25-year-old rookie has launched himself into legendary status following Sunday night's two-out, pinch-hit walk-off grand slam against the Nationals, the rest sports world has taken notice and many inside baseball are elevating their expectations for 18th-round draft picks as a result.
“He scared the living daylights out of us," said the heavily panting head coach. "I mean, we’re counting on this guy to play basically every position on offense.”
For the previous five nights, Nagy had been racking his brain for new ways to utilize the talented second year speedster, after he had an electrifying rookie campaign.
"With Brandon [Morrow] on the shelf, we need someone who can slam the door at the end of games," said Maddon. "Anthony is the logical choice."
During Sunday’s home game against the Cardinals Jason Heyward disappeared for several minutes after chasing a ball deep into the right field well. An interview after the game shed light on exactly where the gold-glover had been: a Mattress Firm outlet.