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Alan Horne, rhp
Marianna (Fla.) HS


Horne and Maryland's Gavin Floyd were the two most impressive pitching prospects at last summer's East Coast Professional Showcase in Wilmington, N.C., and Horne has done nothing to hurt his stock since. With Dixon sidelined, Horne is the one Florida high school pitcher who'll definitely go in the first round, and he should be picked in the upper half. Some scouts consider Horne the best prospect in the state and one of the top five high school players in the nation. Texas high school righthander Colt Griffin got more hype for his sexy triple-digit fastball, but Horne has a better breaking ball and a better approach. Like Kotchman, Horne has benefited from his father's expertise, as William Horne was a former player and coach at Chipola JC. Alan's velocity has jumped from 90-92 mph last year to 92-96 this spring, and his fastball has plenty of movement. His other assets include a projectable body (6-foot-3, 170 pounds), the makings of a good curveball and a deceptive delivery. Horne has committed to Mississippi to study engineering, but is considered signable.

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