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Horne excels in AAA start

Posted on: March 21, 2008 8:01 pm

Courtesy of the fantastic SWB Yankee Blog:

As for the guys who did play the Triple-A game, Alan Horne started and was incredible. If that seems like a strong word, then I used the right one. He gave up a lead off single, then put together this sequence:

   (double play)
Weak flyout

In the fourth inning he allowed a single that took a weird hop and got past Eric Duncan at third. It wasn't an error, but it wasn't the best play in the world either. The next batter singled on a weak groundball that found a hole in the right side of the infield, then Horne walked a guy -- he had a great at-bat fouling off pitches -- to load the bases with no outs.

And Horne got out of it. At least he should have.

Horne struck out the next hitter, then got a routine flyball to right field that might or might not have gotten the run home. Right fielder Chase Odenreider, though, ranged to his left and flat out missed the ball. It fell and scored two runs. The next guy struck out and the next guy grounded out to first base.

So, really, the Rays Triple-A guys (with Dioner Navarro and Shawn Riggans in the lineup) hit the ball fairly hard off Horne twice -- the lead-off single and the base hit that got past Duncan -- otherwise they managed eight routine ground balls, two routine fly balls and three strikeouts. Best I've seen a pitcher look this spring.


This guy is going to be in the Bronx, and soon.

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Tags: Alan Horne

Since: Jun 12, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2008 7:59 pm

Horne excels in AAA start

The 102nd best prospect in baseball might be ready to crack the top 100 soon at this pace.

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2008 8:37 am

Horne excels in AAA start


Horne's problem has never been his stuff, it's been his command of it. I think when he's called up it will be to spot start. I don't think he's the type of pitcher that would have a seamless transition to coming out of the pen.

I think that Horne (especially if he keeps pitching this well) will be among the first called. Igawa, Rasner and Karstens will be ahead of him, and at least one of those guys is going to make the team,but when they have to promote, I'd be shocked if Horne wasn't among the first called.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: March 23, 2008 1:55 pm

Horne excels in AAA start

It is nice to have all of these pitching prospects down on the farm. You just have the feeling that one of these guys is going to come through. I don't think Alan Horne will see big league time this year though unless it is because of an injury. If Mike Mussina falters, I think it will be Joba Chamberlain who take his place.

Since: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2008 11:58 am

Horne excels in AAA start


As I mentioned before, I'm targeting Alan Horne late in my fantasy draft for the "minor leaguer" slot.  I think I saw a post of yours recently where you mentioned he was considered an up and coming starter by the Yankees at this point, in comparison to some other names thrown around (I think it was the thread where people were comparing Yankees vs. Red Sox pitching prospects).  You said it, it seemed, in the context that the Yankees brass saw him as a better overall prospect than some of the other names bandied about, since the other guys were relegated to potential bullpen material.  Did I right that correctly?

Should the scenario in the above post occur (i.e. Mike Mussina injured/fatigued/old), would the Yankees move Joba Chamberlain to the rotation and bring up a Horne to replace him in the bullpen, or is there a shot of Horne actually moving into the starting rotation?  Also, how many guys would be ahead of Horne at this point?

Since: Jan 4, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2008 4:09 pm

Horne excels in AAA start

I think not before long in maybe possible to see this guy late in the year... I think Mike Mussina may crumble... Joba Chamberlain moves towards the starting Ro...

At least with the news on Alan Horne the future looks even brighter.. between Phil Highes, Ian Kennedy, and Joba Chamberlain combined with the news from Farm.. its gonna be good years into 2012...

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2008 8:38 am

Horne excels in AAA start


Here's a scouting report done by a scout who watched multiple 2007 Horne starts:

2 Seam Fastball: Sits 91-92 MPH, good sink/run, movement comes late. Plus pitch.

4 Seam Fastball: Sits 92-94 MPH, hits 95-96 MPH periodically, saw a 97 or two, but infrequently. Decent movement. Plus pitch.

Curveball: Sits 76-78 MPH, can be as high as 80 MPH. Not the classic 12-6, but instead more like 11-7. Very sharp bite. Good swing and miss pitch. Used as an out pitch. Can throw for strikes or bury in the dirt. Plus pitch.

Slider: Sits 86-87. Good bite and depth. Saw a 90 MPH once. Plus for the most part, needs to stay on top of the slider to keep it a plus pitch. When he doesn't it can hang.

Changeup: Sits 81-83 MPH, solid offering flashes plus at times but not consistently. Most underwhelming pitch in his repertoire. LHB have trouble with it when it's on

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: March 21, 2008 8:31 pm

Horne excels in AAA start

Nasty, what a great blog and this Horne sounds unbelievable. I wish I could see him in action to determine what type of pitcher he could be. Do you think he will come up as a starter or is he more of a bullpen guy right now? What is his best pitch? What are his other secondary pitches and how would you rate them? Is there any one major leaguer you would compare him to if he hits his ceiling or is to early to tell? great post !

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