But Van Horn wants more offense as college baseball continues to struggle under the equipment mandated by the NCAA, most notably modified bats and baseballs with high seams.
And he'll look for more hitters after a year that saw the Hogs hit .260 as a team with only 27 home runs. Meanwhile, the Hogs led the nation in ERA with a 1.89 mark, the lowest since aluminum bats were introduced.
Van Horn said hindsight is 20-20, but he might have signed a few more hitters a little while back when his staff was loading up on pitching with bat modifications on the way.
"A year and a half ago, maybe we could have signed another guy," he said, "and not so much pitching. Could we have done something a little different this year? That's hard to answer, but maybe play another freshman.
"It's disappointing to not still be playing. We expect to be playing. We tell our guys the philosophy is to win five games, go to Omaha and then you win 10 and you've got a national championship.
"Our philosophy is that Omaha is close, just six hours away. It may be a million miles away for some others."
Van Horn, the veteran UA head coach, said he's heard several SEC head coaches talk about moving in the fences at their park, including Paul Mainieri at LSU where the wind blows out traditionally.
Would Van Horn like to see Baum Stadium constricted a little with some fence changes?
"No, that's not something we are looking at right now," Van Horn said. "First, we need an indoor practice facility. That's where we need to focus money. Plus, we don't want to lose (pitchers) we've signed because (the) fences (are moved)."
But offense is on his mind even while standout pitchers Ryne Stanek, Colby Suggs, Barrett Astin, Randall Fant, Ty Wright and Brandon Moore are leaving the program. Fant and Wright are seniors, while the others will be drafted in the next three days and likely will sign with pro teams.
"It will be interesting the next couple of weeks," Van Horn said, when asked Thursday about how many players he expects to lose either among current squad members of incoming stars who might be drafted.
"It may be all the way up until July 12 (the signing deadline) and that's at least better than when we used to have to wait until the middle of August."
There is plenty of uncertainty with the roster. For instance, catcher Jake Wise is draft eligible, but he's going to need elbow surgery. Normally, he'd sign, but the injury and a poor year at the plate might have reduced his value.
"We'll find out Saturday what happens with Jake," Van Horn said. "He didn't have nearly the year that was expected with the bat, but he was incredible behind the plate.
"If an organization knows (about his injury) and I think they all do, that might affect what they do with him. I do think it is going to take a little bit of money for him to sign. He could stay here, rehab and play in March. So his status is up in the air."
That leaves another catcher up in the air. Van Horn said it's clear that Jean Ramirez, the seldom used backup, wants to catch every day. If Wise comes back, Ramirez is likely gone.
However, Blake Baxendale, out this year with the same Tommy John surgery that Wise faces, should be full go in the fall. He may not play summer ball since his arm is still not 100 percent.
"He's throwing now, but he probably isn't ready to cut loose," Van Horn said. "He's had a good year honing on his catching skills. He improved there. He caught some practices, although he didn't throw.
"Blake has gotten better. He's worked on his body. He was a little soft as far as his body when he got here. He's toned that and he's got some power. He's a big kid."
Baxendale is also a candidate to play first base along with catcher.
Van Horn expects first baseman Dominic Ficociello to sign unless he drops too far. It wasn't a good year at the plate for the junior, but he may sign anyway.
"I think he wants to go to pro ball at this point," Van Horn said. "But obviously his year didn't help him. He is probably the biggest flip of the coin that we have."
Van Horn said the offense must improve and he likes some of the returning pieces in Brian Anderson, Tyler Spoon, Brett McAfee and Joe Serrano. There were some late flashes, too, from Eric Fisher and some early bright spots from Jordan Farris.
Baxendale and newcomer Andrew Benintendi should also figure into the offense. Willie Schwanke, highly regarded as a freshman, could also help if he blossoms in an East coast summer league.
Anderson figures to be the "three hole hitter" and also hopes to find himself in the field in the Cape Cod League this summer, where he'll move back to the infield after making 20 errors this season.
The good news is that coaches may have solved the root of his throwing problems late in the year.
"He was throwing the ball with a softball grip," Van Horn said. "He was gripping it with three fingers instead of two fingers and a thumb. It floored us. We've never seen that.
"If he can throw it now with that grip, he'll be in the infield. If not Tyler Spoon could play third. Brian Anderson could also play left, center or second.
"We'll probably move Farris to the left side of the infield. We think he's a little stiff for the right side."
Anderson may also get a chance to pitch in the fall. He was a highly advertised pitcher in high school, but came to school with arm problems. He asked about pitching again when he had his exit meeting with Van Horn this week.
"He brought it up," Van Horn said. "He's in the low 90s before he hurt his arm. He's 100 percent now."
Schwanke is another possibility on the mound. He was 10-0 as a high school pitcher, but his first love is with the bat.
"He's gotta hit," Van Horn said. "He loves hitting. He likes pitching, but not like hitting. This fall is going to be big for Willie."
Van Horn knows the pitching staff will still be good, but some young arms have to step up. The top returnees are Colin Poche, Trey Killian, Michael Gunn, Jalen Beeks, Landon Simpson and Chris Oliver.
Asked Thursday about a possible three-man weekend rotation, Van Horn said early thoughts would be Poche and Killian and perhaps a newcomer. There may be some prospects not on the signing lists now.
"Maybe there are some junior college (transfers) you guys don't have right now," Van Horn said, who wouldn't name names when pressed.
The new class will contain "8-10 pitchers, what we are losing," Van Horn said. "The 2014 class will have some offense. That's who we are following this summer and 2015s. We have committed in the 2014 class five or six who can really hit and will be drafted."
There is hope that the baseball will change by the time some of those arrive. Van Horn is in favor of a slicker baseball that's a bit harder. He said the "high seam" ball now in use is tough on hitters.
"It's a little softer than what they are using in pro ball," Van Horn said. "And it spins and doesn't go as far in the air. It's really tough right now.
"Paul Mainieri down at LSU has a park that is set up for the wind to blow out and they are talking about bringing in the fences.
"The pitchers don't mind changing to the flat seams. They have been battling blisters. I can remember Drew Smyly having LSU down and he has to come out with bloody fingers because of blisters. DJ Baxendale had that problem."