During his postseason press conference ahead of Game 2 of the NL Division Series, Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal was asked a general question about the Nationals and their aggressive approach on the basepaths, how they like to put pressure on opposing teams with their speed.
Halfway through his answer, Grandal filled in a blank.
"If you're referring to Trea Turner, I've seen him. We've studied him. We've scouted him," Grandal said.
While not a household name among baseball fans, Turner is becoming well-known among opposing teams. He's played in just 101 big league games - including the playoffs - but has already established himself as one of the most dangerous runners in the game. Turner stole 33 bases this season in the majors and 25 in the minors. His speed is not to be underestimated and the Dodgers are well-aware.
Grandal and his manager, in fact, have a history with the Nationals rookie.
"He's fast. When I was in San Diego, he was drafted [in the first round]," Grandal said. "I saw his highlight reel. Josh Byrnes came up to me and he was very excited about him. I've seen this guy play. It's not -- it's not news that the guy can play and he's fast."
Grandal was on the Padres when Turner was drafted. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was on their coaching staff.
"He's a great kid, good worker, can really run, defend, throw, and he checks all the boxes, wanting to learn. We spent some time together, actually, on stealing bases and talking about the bunt game," Roberts said.
"Just to see him now, very happy for him, very excited. Not a surprise, because he's just so level-headed and a very confident young man. You just see the strength. He's a lot stronger than I remember him. Sky is the limit [for him]. Us going into this series, keeping him off the bases was probably top of the list."
Turner, 23, has become an integral member of the Nationals in his first full season in the majors. In a lineup full of veterans, he is as important as any setting the table in the leadoff spot.
Turner didn't have the greatest outing in Game 1 with three strikeouts, but he still walked and brought in a run on a sacrifice fly. At some point in this series, he's likely to make a larger impact and manager Dusty Baker expects this to just be the start of a long postseason career.
"We were standing on the line [Friday evening] during [Game 1] introductions, and I said, 'Hey, man, this is going to be one of many for you,'" Baker said. "So this is the sort of hopefully, you know, many playoffs for him."