Don’t Look Now …

… but Alan Horne, who earlier this year was on Baseball Prospectus' Top 100 prospects list — and was listed by our very own Nick as the Yankees' fifth-best prospect — is eligible to be taken in the Rule 5 draft. If he's still around when Boston's turn comes around, I hope they pick him up.

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  • But if you look at my analysis, he’s not a good prospect since his name sucks. Obviously, it has caught up with him.

    Nick-YF December 4, 2008, 5:25 pm
  • Alan Horne had a pretty bad injury last season and only threw about 40 IP, 32 of which are his only AAA experience. During these AAA innings he had and ERA of over 5.65. He may still have a good future in front of him but I think its safe to say he isnt ready to break camp with a major league squad in Spring of 2009. For the Sox to keep him, he would need to remain on their MLB roster for the entire season. I dont see this happening and this is why he was left unprotected.

    Sam-YF December 4, 2008, 5:34 pm
  • I know this is hopelessly naive but why was Josh Hamilton left unprotected last year?

    Nick-YF December 4, 2008, 5:37 pm
  • Good luck keeping him on the active roster all year.

    AndrewYF December 4, 2008, 5:37 pm
  • The Sox’ current rotation is Lester-Beckett-Matsuzaka-Wakefield-punt, with punt being possibly Masterson or maybe Buchholz or in a pinch perhaps Bowden or maybe Byrd if he accepts arbitration or maybe Lowe or Burnett or any one of a dozen other free agent pitchers who are asking for two much money. Then there’s the questions about Wakefield’s health, founded or not.
    The Sox have shown no trepidation using the DL for players they want to keep around just in case (Adam Stern). Horne could break with the club out of spring if Buchholz and Bowden don’t seem fully ready and he does, or if Wakefield’s shoulder remains a problem — or he could be placed on the DL to see if someone struggles or gets hurt. Plenty of options there.
    The main concern would be if he’s ready to pitch in the MLB straight off the injury. That’s what spring training is for. Can’t hurt to try.

    Paul SF December 4, 2008, 5:55 pm
  • Nick
    Hamilton was picked in 2006 as a rule 5 draftee. Prior to this season he hadnt been in the bigs and had struggled with his drug addiction problems, etc. It was unclear if he was ever gonna break through at that point.

    Sam-YF December 4, 2008, 6:04 pm
  • I just can’t see the Sox giving Alan Horne a shot over so many other bullpen guys they have in the organization. Remember that a Rule 5 draftee needs to have 90 active days on the major league club – you can’t just stash a guy on the DL for the whole year.

    AndrewYF December 5, 2008, 12:00 am
  • Also, the reason why Hamilton is such a rare story is because it is a rare story! It happens from time to time and he was a #1 pick so talent wasn’t the issue.
    I don’t know anything about Horne, so ah well.

    Lar December 5, 2008, 1:49 am
  • Yeah, Horne makes a ton of sense. Waste a 25-man slot on pitcher with 32 innings above AA and a history of arm trouble. They need to be on the team for 90 days, so the DL isn’t an option.
    Not. Going. To. Happen. Step away from your keyboard and put down your mouse.
    Better to take a chance on a guy like Morlan or Mason and see if they can be useful out of the pen. Tampa has the much deeper farm, and if they’re mildly effective in the pen then they justify their roster spot.

    Dave SF December 5, 2008, 6:27 am

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