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.