"I was more surprised after I left and he struggled," Werth said. "That was surprising, because I [believe he has] a lot of talent, just raw ability. I assumed the player that we are seeing now was who he was.
"When he struggled a little bit, I was surprised, but I never stopped believing in him. He is a good kid. I spent a lot of time with him when I was in Philly. I kind of took him under my wing a little bit, not that he needed it. I'm happy for him."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.