"I was emotional. I was not nervous,'' said Heredia, who already has a leg up on conquering a second language. "I came in with the mentality to compete and get outs. I was feeling really good.''
For now at least, the possibility of increased velocity is not a priority. Already boding well for his future are his curve and changeup, complemented by a fastball that is above average.
"He's got feel,'' said Johnson. "He can throw the off-speed pitches over the plate and even expand the strike zone some. The key for him is to get ahead in the count and stay ahead. He's got enough fastball for sure. But his ability to pitch is what's going to separate him, not just get out there and chuck it and throw it.''
Said Power manager Mike Ryan, "I liked the way he was working on his off-speed pitches. He's known as a power guy, and he wanted to show everyone he had the breaking ball and the changeup. He kept their hitters off-balance, and it made his fastball look a little bit harder than what it was. I thought he did a great job.''
He needs work, however, on throwing consistent strikes.
"Today wasn't very good in that regard,'' said Johnson. "In the first two or three innings, he was behind in the count too much.''
Right fielder Walker Gourley, who's kept his average above .300 since late April, scored four runs, going 3-for-4 with an RBI to raise his average to .336. Shortstop Max Moroff was also 3-for-4 as part of a 13-hit attack.
POWER POINTS: Heredia spent the season's first two-and-a-half months in extended spring training in Bradenton, Fla. ... The Power, which will play host to Hagerstown in a three-game series beginning tonight, has won three straight and is 3-1 in the season's second half. ... The Power's average attendance through Saturday night was 2,214 to rank 10th in the 14-team SAL. The team averaged about 2,400 for the season last year. Sunday's paid crowd of 1,075. ... Greensboro leads with an average attendance of 5,405.
Reach Mike Whiteford at mikewhitef...@wvgazette.com.