October 9, 2019

Horan Siblings Break into Major League Baseball, Landing Front Office Jobs with Yankees, Tigers

FAMILY BUSINESS: Jasmine Horan, left, and Beau Horan meet up at Yankee Stadium this summer as they took a break from their Major League Baseball front office duties. Jasmine, a 2019 Amherst College grad who went to Princeton High, works as a Baseball Operations associate for the Yankees while her older brother, Beau, a Princeton Day School alum who graduated from Williams College in 2016 and earned his MBA and Masters in Sports Management from the Isenberg School at UMass-Amherst, is with the Detroit Tigers as Baseball Operations analyst for the club.

By Bill Alden

Jasmine Horan soared as a diver for Amherst College while her older brother Beau Horan thrived as an infielder for Williams College baseball team.

While the siblings followed different directions athletically in heading to rival colleges, their career paths have converged on the diamond as they now both work in Major League Baseball front offices.

Jasmine, a 2019 Amherst grad who went to Princeton High, is now taking a deep dive into the numbers, feeding data to the New York Yankees in their playoff run as a Baseball Operations associate for the storied franchise.

Some 500 miles to the west, Beau, a Princeton Day School alum who graduated from Williams in 2016 and went on to get his MBA and Masters in Sports Management from the Isenberg School at UMass-Amherst, is looking to help build the Detroit Tigers into a playoff team as a Baseball Operations analyst for the club.

While Jasmine ultimately focused her competitive efforts on diving in high school and college, baseball was a big part of her childhood.

“Growing up, I was around baseball all of the time,” said Jasmine.

“My dad [Paul] played at Amherst and both of my older brothers played a lot. Jake was a star at PHS and Beau played at PDS. I played Little League baseball. I grew up watching my brothers’ games at Grover Park.”

Connecting with a scout for the Cincinnati Reds through an Amherst alumni mentor program, Jasmine, a double major in math and statistics, got an internship after her freshman year with a Cape Cod League team, the Harwich Mariners that allowed her combine her education with her love of baseball.

The next summer, she worked with the Vermont Lake Monsters, a minor league affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, helping to operate its TrackMan system to analyze pitching data. Last summer, she went to Oakland to work in the club’s front office.

“My role there focused in quantitative analysis, using my skills from school and just doing projects that were assigned to me,” said Jasmine.

“They had me in the fielding aspect – where to position the players with the shifts, evaluating the efficiency of the shift and figuring out if it is worth it. That was my big thing there.”

Beau got his start in the Cape Cod League as well, landing an internship with the Wareham Gatemen through the UMass grad program.

“It was a comprehensive baseball ops internship,” said Beau, an economics and statistics double major at Williams.

“We were working with video with the players. We were learning scouting. We were doing some charting with the coaches.”

His experience in the Cape League helped him get on the radar of the Detroit Tigers

“I had interviewed with Jim Logue of the Tigers in the winter meetings of 2016 and he said it was a good interview but they were hiring in terms of the whole year,” said Beau.

“I am not available until the summer so he said reach out again next year and we will go through the process again. I did that and I was lucky enough to make it through and I ended up starting in April 2018 while I was still finishing my masters.”

For Jasmine, the time in Oakland helped get her noticed by the Yankees

“After I worked for the A’s, I gained a little credibility; I got along well with the executives there,” said Jasmine.

“At the end of my summer there, they told me if we had a spot, we would love to give it to you, but Oakland being the low revenue team, they have a very small front office and they didn’t have as many openings. I got a message from someone with the Yankees who reached out to me personally and asked me to apply. It was crazy. I couldn’t believe, this has got got be a joke or something, someone is pranking me.”

Going through the Yankee hiring process was no joke. “There are a certain number of steps that you have to go through,” recalled Jasmine.

“There was a preliminary screening and then after, they send you a questionnaire with a bunch of questions to gauge what you know and your skills. I made it past both of those steps and I was invited for an interview at Yankee Stadium at the beginning of November of last year. I drove down 3 1/2 hours, nervous as all heck. I had a 40 minute interview, I honestly thought that I did terribly. A couple of days, I get a call and they offered me the job. I was so over the moon, I couldn’t believe it.”

Starting with the Yankees this summer weeks after graduating from Amherst, Jasmine had been doing a lot for the club.

“Most of my work so far consists of putting together reports for the coaches and the players, statistical reports, and situational stuff,” said Jasmine, noting that she typically works Monday through Friday but has to be in her office whenever the Yankees are at home, leading to one stretch this summer where she worked 19 days in a row.

“It is the standard: we are playing this team, here is what has happened in the past when we played them, here is what we should do. I am actually getting exposure to both operations side as well as the quantitative analysis because they recognize that I have that background through mathematics. It has really allowed to take on this dual role with them, which is great.”

Beau, for his part, is focused on monitoring the Tiger minor league system.

“We are split up into three groups,” said Beau. “We have the general analysts who work on player acquisition, the draft, and general models that apply everywhere. We have the advance scouting people who will travel with the team and will work on day-to-day advance reports. My role is player development and minor league focused. It hits some aspects of the advanced role and getting reports out to minor league coaches.”

Like his sister, Beau doesn’t have much down time. “In the first couple of months of the season, there is a lot of travel,” said Beau.

“The travel is lined up so I am on the road at a minor league park while the major league team is on the road. I will come home when the major league the team is home. It is following the minor league games as well as the major league games, answering questions from coaches, making reports, and making sure that our tracking of everybody is going well. There will be reports to be sent out at the end of the month.  You don’t get many days off but I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.”

Jasmine, for her part, is thrilled to be doing her job in such an historic setting.

“It is an honor to be able to go to work at Yankee Stadium,” said Jasmine.

“It is such a blast to be at games. Brian Cashman [the Yankee General Manager]  is always around our offside, he walks around all of the time; I have direct contact with him,”

It has been a blast for Jasmine to share the MLB experience with her older brother.

“I think we are the only siblings both currently working in front offices,” said Jasmine.

“It is really fun, we have this rivalry and we have always been sort of competitive. It is amazing knowing someone who works for a front office in baseball. There are not that many jobs, there are only 30 teams so the fact that we are both doing it is crazy. The chances are so slim and we are both so lucky to be doing it.”

Beau knows that he and his sister are lucky to have made it the big leagues together.

“I was never really giving her much advice because the funny thing was that even though I am a couple of years older, we were going through this process at the same time,” said Horan.

“It is a really, really cool to see that we were both able to get into the industry at the same time with the same skill sets.”

—Bill Alden