Future Watch: Nico Hoerner Rookie Baseball Cards, Cubs – The Chicago Cubs selected Nico Hoerner 24th overall in the 2018 MLB Amateur Draft. The Oakland, California native attended Stanford University. At Stanford he switched to shortstop in his sophomore season and hit .307, starting in all 58 games with 33 RBI. He was a Pac-12 All-Star, for the second straight season, in his junior season and had 40 RBI and 15 steals.
After the draft, he played for three teams in 2018. The last one was South Bend where he hit .400 in just four games in Full-A. He got a taste that would drive him the following season.
In 2019, he settled in with the Tennessee Smokies in Double-A. In 268 at-bats he hit 16 doubles, three triples, three homers, and 22 RBI while posting a solid batting average of .284.
According to his MLB.com Prospect Profile:
Hoerner excels at putting the bat on the ball, thanks to his uncanny hand-eye coordination, compact right-handed swing, and controlled approach. Though he hit just three homers in three years at Stanford, he has strong hands and has driven the ball in his short history with wood bats. He has the sneaky power to hit 15 homers per season, not to mention the patience to draw walks and the solid to plus speed to steal bases. Though he has the quickness and athleticism for a shortstop, scouts are mixed on his ability to stay there. His instincts and reliability stand out more than his range or arm at shortstop, so he may be better suited for second base and has drawn comparisons to Ian Kinsler. His tools also should allow him to play the outfield if needed. ETA 2020
The Cubs made him a September call up. He was the first player from his draft class to play in the major leagues. In 20 games he had 78 at-bats hitting one homer, one double, and one triple driving in 17 and hitting .282 with a .305 on-base percentage.
Future Watch: Nico Hoerner Rookie Baseball Cards, Cubs – Stats
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|2019||22||CHC-min||AA,Rk||75||315||288||39||84||17||3||3||22||8||4||22||32||.292||.349||.403||.752||116||6||4||0||1||0||KNX,CB2 · SOUL,ARIZ|
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Future Watch: Nico Hoerner Rookie Baseball Cards, Cubs – More Resources
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