Showing posts with label Alan Horne. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alan Horne. Show all posts

Monday, March 29, 2010

News, Notes and Links

  • Alan Horne has torn his rotator cuff and will be out for the 2010 season. This guy has been through a lot.
  • Aceves' back is still soar and he is day-to-day. This reoccurring problem may keep Alfredo off of the roster for opening day.
  • River Ave Blues has a great breakdown of the Red Sox in preview for the 2010 season.
  • The Yankees really have no idea what to do about Joba, NoMaas makes this very clear.
  • NYY Stadium Insider has been chronicling the demolition of the original Yankee Stadium, Gate 2 has been taken down.
  • Teixeria (right) was hit by a pitch in the game tonight vs the Orioles. He was examined but no x-Rays were taken.
  • Pat Venditte, the Yankees ambidextrous pitcher, will be making a minor league start tomorrow.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Move Alan Horne to the Bullpen

The Yankees pitching staff, thought to be a strength heading into 2009, has been among the worst in Major League Baseball thus far. Both the bullpen and the rotation have experienced significant struggles, and there appears to be a dire lack of "sure things" in either. Rivera has faltered, Sabathia has been up and down, and everyone between the team's two aces has been hurt, inconsistent, or both. 

In my mind, the rotation will sort itself out. The Yankees Major League roster has seven pitchers capable of starting, with Wang, Hughes, and Aceves deserving a look for the fifth and final spot. Personally, I would like to see Hughes there (as I believe he is ready, and needs to take his lumps). Wang's velocity would be up in the bullpen, and he would have more time to work on his mechanics, and Aceves has proven to be very valuable in high-leverage situations. 

The bullpen, then, is my concern. I believe that Melancon and Robertson need to stay on the roster, and Veras needs to go. I do see another pitcher that should get a look, though, that has skirted under the radar - and that is the titular Alan Horne.

Horne has been in the Yankees organization for four seasons now, and has been ineffective for three. He is injury-prone and inconsistent, and his stuff has suffered a bit following his second major arm-surgery last season. At 26, this trend is unlikely to reverse itself, leaving Horne's value as minimal, at best. I believe that, much like Phil Coke, Horne could be a very good reliever.

For those of you that don't know much about Horne, he is a power pitcher, and his mechanics leave him very prone to injury. At the same time, though, this makes him an ideal reliever. His velocity peaks at 95 in the rotation, his power slider and hard curve have been rated between average and plus, and he has a surprisingly effective change-up. He struggles with control at times, and his fastball sits below 90 at times. In the bullpen, Horne's velocity would likely increase, he would be less likely to strain himself with high pitch-counts, and he may be able to help the team fairly soon.

In the end, there's no real reason not to make the move with Horne. I dislike giving up on starting pitchers, but Horne has fallen behind several other prospects, and it seems unlikely that he will be able to right the ship at 26. That being said, he has the stuff to be a light's-out reliever, and it could very well save his career.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Chuck Knoblog Minor League Awards: Biggest Disappointment

Today we have the second and least prestigious in our series of six Chuck Knoblog Awards (Knobbies).
Biggest Disappointment: And the Knobby goes to... Alan Horne, 25, RHP, AAA Scranton/Wilkes Barre
Coming into this year, big things were expected from Horne. Last year in AA Trenton, Horne had a 3.11 ERA with 165 Ks in 153.1 IP, winning him the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year award. This year was expected to be another step forward for Horne. If all went well, Horne was expected to see time in the majors. However, that did not happen. Horne is the biggest disappointment not because of performance, but because of injuries. Horne threw just 39 innings between Tampa and Scranton this season, and recently received treatment on a torn rotator cuff. In his limited time, Horne had an ERA of 8.77 with 30 Ks and 27 BBs. This was basically a lost season for Horne, who should continue next year in Scranton. If he makes a full recovery, it is possible that Horne can see major league time tomorrow, but there is a relatively long way to go.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

What To Do About Wang?

As you all already know, Chien-Ming Wang injured his foot today while running the bases today. While it is unlikely that it is a lisfranc injury (a la Brian Bruney) he probably will not be able to avoid a DL stint, which means the Yankees will need to use a replacement pitcher at least three times. Who should that replacement be?
  • Dan Giese is a possibility. He had some success as a starter in AAA and has been pretty good as Joba's shadow. Joba likely doesn't need him anymore, as he is now fully integrated into the rotation.
  • Dan McCutchen. The Yanks might want to give the 26 year old more time at AAA, but he currently has a 3.62 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. He pitched a shutout last night.
  • Jeff Marquez. He struggled early but has since turned it around, and is coming off a very nice start.
  • Alan Horne. If he hadn't been injured, he would have been called up when Hughes got hurt, instead of Darell Rasner. However, the Yankees may want to give him more time to recover, as he has only made three starts in AAA since returning. He does have a 3.44 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 18.1 innings.
  • Kei Igawa (shudder). 3.73 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP, but please, no. Just no.
My choice would be McCutchen, because I think Horne needs more time, but I would be happier with anyone other than Igawa.