Friday, June 13, 2008

Prospect Profile: RHP Alan Horne (#5)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 9-3
In his second game back from injury, Alan Horne (2-0) pitched 6 1/3 strong innings as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre downed Richmond, 9-3, last night at The Diamond.

Alan Horne's Line (6/13):
6.1 IP 9 H 3 R 3 ER 3 BB 3 SO 0 HR 88 Pitches - 52 Strikes

Horne wiggled out of trouble in the first and third innings before the Braves broke through. SS Brent Lillibridge doubled to lead of the game. In the third, Richmond had runners on second and third with no outs. Horne stranded all three runners in scoring position, escaping unscathed.

In the fourth, Richmond's Carl Loadenthal pushed a run across with a sac fly to center. One inning later, Horne surrendered two more. OF Matt Carson plated two with a line drive double to right.

Scouting Report: RHP Alan Horne#5 RHP Alan Horne, New York Yankees

Entering the season as the Yankees 5th rated prospect (Baseball America), right hander Alan Horne was selected in the 11th round of the 2005 MLB Draft. Last season, Horne led the Eastern League in ERA (3.11) and strikeouts (165 in 153 innings).

Horne flashes four above-average pitches.

Alan Horne's Repetoire:
Two-Seamer: A plus pitch. Sits at 92 mph with good, late sink.
Four-Seamer: A plus pitch. Tops out a 96, decent movement.
Curveball: A plus pitch. Thrown 76-78 mph, very sharp 11 to 7.
Slider: Good bite / depth when he stays on top of the ball.
Changeup: Most underwhelming offering. Inconsistent, 81-83 mph.

According to BA's 2008 prospect handbook, Horne's arm action is long, leading to below-average command. "While he has frontline stuff, Horne's command issues relegate him to a No. 3 or 4 starter profile." At 6-4 and 195 pounds, he has an ideal pitcher's frame. The 2007 handbook called Horne a "high-risk, high-reward prospect."

Injury History:
After a solid freshman season at Mississippi in 2002, Horne hurt his elbow and had Tommy John surgery. In 2004, he was limited to one College World Series start with an injured left hamstring. In April of 2008, Horne suffered a partial tear of his right bicep; he missed two months of action.

Development/Progress: -- Alan Horne's Career Stats --
In 2006 (at Tampa - Class A), Horne went 6-9 with a 4.84 ERA. He averaged a strikeout an inning and held opponents to a .230 batting average. In 2007 (at Trenton - Class AA), he went 12-4, posted a 3.11 ERA and struck out 165 in 153 innings.

Baseball America Prospect Rankings: 2006 -#17; 2007 - #16; 2008 - #5.

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