RYAN HORNBACK
CATCHER
Born: July 19, 1991
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 27th Round, 812th Overall, 2011
College: San Jacinto College North (TX)
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Baseball America ranked Hornback the 65th best prospect in Texas.  At least some scouts seem to like his glove and BA characterized his defensive skills as solid.  He was an average hitter on his team in both years at San Jacinto North.  He had a commitment to Mississippi, but he signed at the end of June, which probably indicates he didn’t get much above slot.

2011
R:  221/302/286, 77 AB, 3 2B, 1 3B, 9 BB, 8 K, 1-2 SB

Didn’t do much at the plate in the GCL beyond putting up good walk and K numbers.  He threw out 22% of base stealers.

2012
A-:  291/329/367, 79 AB, 4 2B, 1 3B, 4 BB, 18 K 1-2 SB

Hornback went to State College, where he shared catching duties with Jacob Stallings initially.  He suffered a groin injury in mid-July, though, and missed the rest of the season.

The Pirates could return Hornback to the New York-Penn League or he could move up to West Virginia in 2013.  He was still hampered by the groin injury in training camp, though, so that could impact the start of his season.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
NCJAA
BA
OBP
SLG
AB
2B
3B
HR
BB
K
SB
CS
2010 .347 .431 .453 190 15 1 1 26 23 10 7
2011 .310 .409 .409 171 8 0 3 28 20 9 5
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2013: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2011
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2017
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2014
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 9, 2010:  Drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 43rd round, 1301st overall pick.
June 7, 2011:
  Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 27th round, 812th overall pick; signed on June 29, 2011.