Tag:Alan Horne
Posted on: March 26, 2008 7:03 pm
 

Alan Horne is coming....and fast

In a previous entry, I detailed Alan Horne's last AAA start against the Durham Bulls, and how terrific he was. Well, today he was even better. Against a line-up fortified by the Rays recent send-down of Reid Brignac and Evan Longoria, Horne simply dominated. He was incredibly economical (only 58 pitches to get through 5 innings) and gave up only 2 hits (both to Brignac) while striking out 5 and walking none. His command has improved ever since the TJ surgery of '06, and it really appears he's got it all together now.  Fernando Perez, Justin Ruggiano and Evan Longoria -- three pretty good hitters -- combined to go 0-for-6 with four strikeouts against Horne.

Even more impressive is Horne did all this without throwing his best pitch-the curve. He was focusing purely on the fastball and slider.

At this rate, they are not going to be able to keep him down on the farm for long. I can't wait to see him in pinstripes.

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Posted on: March 21, 2008 8:01 pm
 

Horne excels in AAA start

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:

Groundout
Groundout
   (double play)
Groundout
Groundout
Weak flyout
Groundout
Groundout
Strikeout

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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