CSU Cougar Junior, Bryson Horne Inks Deal With Atlanta Braves
SOURCE: CSU ATHLETICS
After hitting .425 over the shortened season, Columbus State University junior Bryson Horne signed a free agent deal with the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.
The junior college transfer made an immediate impact for the Cougars at the plate in 2020. Horne anchored the CSU lineup blasting six homers to go along with six doubles and 28 RBIs.
“Becoming a professional baseball player is every kid’s dream when they start playing this game,” said Horne. “To be able to make that a reality is very surreal to me.”
Through 21 games, the first baseman ranked inside the top-four in eight different offensive categories among Peach Belt Conference players, including posting the third-highest OPS (1.235). Horne drove in four or more runs in four different games, including picking up five RBIs against Augusta on March 8.
“Bryson is a very talented player,” commented head coach Greg Appleton, “but his work ethic is second to none. He was a great teammate and we will miss his leadership. We are very proud of him for living his dream, and wish him all the best.”
Horne was named the PBC Player of the Week twice during the early year as the Cougars were off to an 18-3 start before COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the season.
“I can’t thank Coach App, Coach Collins, and the rest of the coaching staff for all the help and work they have put in to make me a better player and person,” added Horne. I truly enjoyed my time as a Cougar and wouldn’t trade the memories for anything.”
Horne is just the latest Cougar to go on to the professional level. In total, 59 former CSU players have signed professional contracts.