Cove Chatter 100: #32

Tyler Horan | OF, 23 yo, 6-2, 230, BL TR | 2013 Draft – 8 | (AZL) 13 G, 56 PA, .245/.321/.388, .709 OPS, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 1 SB, 0 CS, 6 BB, 12 K | (A-) 44 G, 199 PA, .295/.372/.460, .832 OPS, 4 HR, 25 RBI, 4 SB, 0 CS, 20 BB, 34 K

Massachusetts-born slugger was the Giants’ 8th round pick this year out of Virginia Tech. His lefty bat set a Cape Cod League record with 16 HR in 2012. Seems to profile similarly to Roger Kieschnick with a bit more power and a little less athleticism. Likely headed to Augusta next year, but a San Jose assignment wouldn’t surprise me. Can he make enough contact as a professional? We should find out in a couple years.

They said it: “Power has never been an issue for him, because he has good bat speed and generates good loft… but many scouts question how much Horan will hit in pro ball due to a good amount of swing and miss in his game.” ~ MLB.com

Horan video:

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6 thoughts on “Cove Chatter 100: #32”

  1. Wow! He is a big boy, isn’t he? I guess it’s a bit of a stretch to imagine him lumbering around in the AT&T Park OF. I love his bat, though! I had him picked out as a college sleeper way before the draft and was ecstatic when the Giants were able to nab him.

    I trust that the scouts know what they are looking at, but so far the swing and miss stuff has not translated to his K ratios either in college or his first pro season. We’ll just have to see what happens at higher levels. I’d like to see him in San Jose for 2014. It will probably depend on how many slots are available. Galindo would seem to be a lock for 1 OF slot in SJ. Not sure about Chuckie. I imagine Brian Ragira is in the mix too.

    1. Well, if the bat plays, move him to a corner IF spot and let him rake! I don’t really know what to expect from Horan at this point, but I wonder if he couldn’t put up Adam Duvall type numbers… I don’t think San Jose would be out of the question, but he might seem to be a better fit for Augusta next year (maybe similar to Mitch Delfino?).

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