Cal Commit Jared Horn Impresses In West Coast League

Summer College League Top Prospects

Jared Horn (Photo by Bill Mitchell)

Jared Horn could develop into an ace at Cal (Photo by Bill Mitchell)

West Coast League Top Prospects
Jared Horn, rhp, Bellingham (Fr., California)
Cameron Bishop, lhp/of, Corvallis (Jr., UC Irvine)
Willie MacIver, c, Walla Walla (So., Washington)
Chris Murphy, lhp, Walla Walla (Fr., San Diego)
Kenyon Yovan, rhp, Cowlitz (Fr., Oregon)
Easton Lucas, lhp, Walla Walla (So., Pepperdine)
Austin Shenton, 3b/of, Bellingham (Fr., Washington)
Ryan Kreidler, ss/3b, Wenatchee (Fr., UCLA)
Michael Toglia, 1b/of, Wenatchee (Fr., UCLA)
Chase Kaplan, lhp, Corvallis (Jr., Kansas)

SEE ALSO: Summer College League Top Prospects

Postseason Recap: Roman Garcia (San Diego) delivered a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning of a decisive Game Three to lift Corvallis over Bellingham in the West Coast League title series. The Knights used pitching, defense and timely hitting to capture their fourth league championship. Corvallis led the league with a 2.65 ERA--the lowest mark in the league since 2011.

1. Jared Horn, rhp, Bellingham (Fr., California)

Viewed as a borderline first-round talent in June, Horn held firm in his commitment to the Golden Bears and slipped to the 20th round before the Brewers took a flier on him. He spent the summer in Bellingham, Wash., where he earned high marks for his skill set, athleticism and makeup. Horn’s fastball sat in the mid-90s and flashed a few 98s. Bells coach Mike Gange said the breaking ball is more advanced than his changeup at this point, but called it “a true weapon” that has the “ability to get swings and misses while landing it for strikes early in counts.” The 6-foot-2, 190-pound righty pitched out of the bullpen this summer and had some issues throwing strikes (14 walks in 18 innings). However, the stuff was there (16 strikeouts) and he only allowed five hits. Horn was a three-sport standout until his senior year at Vintage High in Napa, Calif., so he’s considered relatively green. If he can learn to repeat his mechanics and find a consistent release point, there is a good chance he develops into an ace at Cal and potentially at the next level.

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