Got a chance to head out and see the Power play tonight. It was an 8-1 loss, but there were still some interesting takeaways from individual players. Not a scout and may have no idea what I'm talking about, but these are the impressions I had:
Moroff: 2-3, BB Looked good at the plate tonight, making solid contact on both hits. Nice level controlled swing. Easy to see he is selective with his pitches, seemed maybe too picky at time. Despite an error (overthrow on a routine groundout) he looked smooth at SS. Did a good job of fielding the ball in a position to make a throw. Had a tendency to double clutch before throwing that he might need to overcome.
Hererra: 0-4, K Didn't look lost at the plate, but didn't do much either. Nothing really stood out on either side of the ball tonight.
Bell: 0-3, BB Most noteworthy at bat was a high fly ball to the wall, came about a foot shy of going out. To my extremely untrained eye his swing looked smooth. His speed stuck out on defense. Covers a ton of ground out in right field and has an effortless looking stride.
Allie: 2-3, 2B, BB, K Most impressive looking guy at the plate, and not only due to results. With his power (and reputation coming into the year) I had expected to see a guy swinging out of his shoes. Instead Allie looks like he has a quick, under control swing. He was fooled by a couple of breaking balls on the K, but followed it up next at bat by laying off some close ones. Considering he took a few years off from hitting, looks like he is in a good spot. Allie DH'd tonight, so I didn't get a chance to see him in the field.
Mathisen: 1-4 Looked okay at the plate, seemed to be swinging too hard at times. May be pressing a bit due to his very slow start this year. Very impressive job behind the plate. Holmes was all over the place tonight (3 HBP, 1 WP, 3 BB.....you get the idea), but Mathisen was up to the task. Did a great job of blocking pitches, Holmes threw at least 4-5 additional pitches into the dirt that Mathisen handled with ease. Picked up an easy caught stealing with the combination of a quick pop and strong, accurate throw.
Eric Wood did not play tonight, no one else in the lineup stuck out one way or the other outside of Holmes, who was absolutely terrible.