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“I mean I don’t look at them as being young,” he said. “I look at the talent. When Dwight was 17 he looked like a big leaguer except he just didn’t have the innings to pitch in the big leagues. I mean Harp, he does everything a little bit better than average.”

Pressed to say who was better at their craft as a 19-year-old, Johnson let a wry grin cross his face.

“Well I’ll say this: Doc was the best pitcher I ever had at that age and Harper’s the best position player I ever had at that age,” Johnson said. “But they’re both very special. It’s fun to watch them go out there and watch them express their talent. It’s just really fun from my viewpoint. You never know quite what you’re going to expect but you know it’s going to be special.”