Thursday, January 30, 2014

Dr B's 2014 Giants Top 50 Prospects: #36 Tyler Horan

Tyler Horan, OF.  B-L, T-R.  6'2", 220 lbs.  DOB:  12/2/1990

College(Virginia Tech):  .342/.391/.603, 11 HR, 18 BB, 38 K in   AB's(41 of 88 hits for XBH).
Rookie AZL:                  .245/.321/ 388 in 49 AB.
Short Season:                  .295/.372/.460, 4 HR, 4 SB, 20 BB, 34 K, 176 AB.

On November 25, 2012, I wrote this about Tyler Horan in a Scouting the Draft post:  "While they(Giants) continue to look for up the middle talent in the first round of the draft, in recent years, they have drafted at least 1 hitter with raw power in rounds 2 and 3 of each draft.  If that is the case again this year, I think I've found just the guy they are looking for, Tyler Horan out of Virginia Tech."

OK, maybe I was a bit irrationally exuberant about him thinking he might go in rounds 2 or 3, but my goodness!  I have to say I have no idea how he dropped all the way to round 8!  Needless to say, I think Tyler Horan is one of the steals of the 2013 draft.  I am so darn excited that he is in the Giants organization, I can hardly contain myself!

So, what caught my eye about Horan before he put up those numbers in his junior year of college?  He hit just .282 his sophomore season, but that came with 15 dingers.  He also tied a Cape Cod League record by hitting 16 HR's while batting .331.

Horan is, obviously a big body, some would say a bad body, although he looks more muscularly big than fat big to me, but he has run sub 7 60's and is rated as a better than adequate corner OF.  On video, he has a quiet, squared up stance with almost no motion.  He has a small toe-tap with minimal load and mostly arm in his swing.  This helps him make contact and does not seem to have hurt him in power generation.

IMO, an assignment to High A San Jose is a must.  I can hardly wait to see what he does with the opportunity.  I think we will be hearing a lot more from Tyler Horan in the near future.  The Giants drafted a lot of potential steals in the 2013 draft, but none more so than Tyler Horan, IMO.


  1. In your opinion would a comparison to Mac Williamson be appropriate? A relatively athletic college outfield power bat with some swing and miss only a year apart from a guy who had a very successful and promising year at San Jose, it seems to me that besides from body they are very similar although Mac didn't put up huge numbers at Wake Forest but in a very difficult conference for hitters I feel they should almost be thought about in the same way. Even though Horan is significantly smaller they're both really big guys and can still run plenty.

    1. My take is that Mac is the more athletic of the two by a fair margin with the ability to play RF in AT&T Park if necessary with almost no chance that he has to move to 1B. Slightly higher power ceiling than Horan. I think Horan is a better pure hitter with a slightly lower power ceiling, stuck to LF with some risk of having to move to 1B.

  2. Give him the Mac treatment. Sounds like a plan. Eventually the Giants are going to hit on one of these college outfielders. Maybe it's Mac. If not, this guy has an outside chance. Somebody is going to have to play left field when the Blanco/soup du jour platoon runs it's course.

  3. I think Horan to San Jose is a must as well. Honestly, I'll be surprised if Horan, Ragira and Bednar all head to San Jose this spring. There's just not much standing in their way at this point. An outfield of Horan, Jesus Galindo and Chuckie Jones could be very intriguing.

  4. Very informative write up about Horan. It's satisfying to think 'I saw it back then.' Good job, DrB. I look forward to seeing how he does this year.