Shipping up to Boston: Red Sox call up Bailey Horn

by George Nunnelley
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Courtesy of the Worcester Red Sox

BOSTON – Former Auburn southpaw Bailey Horn has been called up to the Boston Red Sox, becoming the 60th player in program history to make it to Major League Baseball. 

Horn becomes the ninth former Tiger to be called up to the big leagues since the beginning of the 2020 season, including the second this year. He joins Casey Mize (Aug. 19, 2020), Ben Braymer (Aug. 28, 2020), Josh Palacios (Apr. 9, 2021), Keegan Thompson (May 2, 2021), Gabe Klobosits (July 30, 2021), Davis Daniel (June 11, 2022), Edouard Julien (April 12, 2023) and Ryan Bliss (May 27, 2024) on the list.

A two-year member of the Tigers from 2019-20, Horn turned in a 7-2 record with a 4.70 ERA in 21 appearances and eight starts in his Auburn career. He struck out 55 batters in 51.2 innings. 

The Waco, Texas, native played a pivotal role in Auburn’s 2019 postseason run that culminated in the program’s first College World Series appearance in 22 years. He gutted out a two-hour rain delay and ultimately pitched 6.0 scoreless innings in the regional final vs. Georgia Tech en route to being named to the Atlanta Regional All-Tournament Team. 

Prior to the abrupt ending of the 2020 season, Horn was 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA and struck out 27 batters in 17.1 innings. He turned in 11.0 scoreless inning with 18 strikeouts and two walks in his final two appearances, including an 11-strikeout performance vs. Chicago State in the final outing of his career. 

A fifth-round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in 2020, Horn has made 120 professional appearances over four minor league seasons. Used primarily as a reliever, he’s logged 13 wins with eight saves and has 255 strikeouts in 200.0 innings. 

In 12 appearances with Triple-A Worcester since being acquired by the Red Sox on April 30, the left hander has turned in a 1.69 ERA with a 1.13 WHIP and 19 strikeouts in 16.0 innings.

Boston starts a three-game series against San Diego tonight at 6:10 p.m. CT. The game will be available on Apple TV+.