Top 30 In 30: #25 Alan Horne

On the sixth day of looking at the Yankees Top 30 prospects according to Baseball America, it’s time to take a look at someone’s whose stock has unfortunately gone down since his standout season in Trenton in 2007, Alan Horne…

#25 Alan Horne
Position: P
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 195 lbs.
Age At Start of 2009 Season: 26

Career statistics: 66 GP, 20-17, 4.49 ERA, 145 BB, 317 K
Seasons: 3
Highest Level Reached: AAA

Horne essentially suffered through a wasted season after finally discovering that what had been troubling him was a partially torn rotator cuff that would require surgery.  It’s the only thing that could possibly explain such struggles after a 2007 season in Trenton that saw him win the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year award.  It’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility for him to start the year at Single-A Tampa, and to make a brief stop in Trenton before going back to Scranton.

Thunder ETA: Pitched for Thunder in 2007…likely to return in 2009.

Horne was one of the best starting pitchers in the history of the Trenton Thunder in 2007, with a 12-4 record, 3.11 ERA and 165 strikeouts in 27 starts.  He also was rarely seen without his John Deere hat, and seemed destined for big league stardom after an injury riddled past.  But his injury riddled past turned into an injury riddled future, and Horne’s career and prospect status both remain in question.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

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