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.