Impressions from the game (in no particular order):
1. Tucker Barnhart is really short. He also made a fabulous peg to get Phillips stealing.
2. Hoover looked kind of studly. I was behind the first-base dugout, pretty low, so had a good view of the downward movement. He had a lot of it on his breaking stuff. Reds couldn't touch him.
3. David Vidal was extremely smooth at third base. Made three very nice plays, and made them look easy.
4. Chapman is ready. For whatever.
5. Ryan Wright either had a weak-swing, lucky bloop hit, or he did a great job of stroking a tough pitch the other way. My impression was the latter, but couldn't be sure.
6. It's plain to see that Donald Lutz should be starting at first base over Votto. But I suppose it can wait until, say, 2024. (Kid looks good, though.)
7. Kyle Waldrop would have been the next batter when they called the game. Dang. He looked pretty bummed.
Good stuff, mace. I'm encouraged by what the young guys have done this spring. From the little I saw on TV, Vidal and Lutz look solid at the plate -- well, Lutz looks a little better than just solid. I'm also bullish on Hoover.
Not that batting practice means much, but I'm curious about how the young guys looked taking hacks at little ole GAB... Anybody get a gander?