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Nico Hoerner

Nico Hoerner

SS | B/T: R/R | 5' 11" 200 | Age: 22
Draft: 2018 (Rd: 1, #24, Chicago Cubs) - Stanford
Oakland, CA USA
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 32 29 8 11 2 11 0 .379 .438 .655 1.093
1 Season 32 29 8 11 2 11 0 .379 .438 .655 1.093
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .379 2 11 0 1.093
1 Season .379 2 11 0 1.093

Standard MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2019 CHC NL 7 32 29 8 11 0 1 2 11 3 4 0 0 0 .379 .438 .655 1.093
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Advanced MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGPATBLOBSACSFBABIPXBHGIDPGIDPONPP/PAK/PAHR/PABB/KISOROEWO
2019 CHC NL 32 19 11 0 0 .391 3 1 6 105 3.28 .125 .063 .750 .276 .276 0

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 45 | Run: 55 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 55

The Cubs got quick returns on their first-round investments in college hitters in 2013-15 with Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ, and it appears they will again after going back to that demographic for the first time in three years. Since signing for $2,724,000 as the 24th overall pick in June, Hoerner has lived up to his reputation as one of the best hitters in the 2018 Draft class. He has handled every challenge Chicago has given him, including an Arizona Fall League assignment last offseason and a promotion to Double-A to start his first full season, slowed only by strained left elbow ligaments last summer and a hairline fracture of his left wrist after getting hit by a pitch this April.

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 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.


Statcast - Batting

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2019 89 22 0 0.0 86.3 3.7 .333 .436 .502 .362 .366 27.3 7.4 11.1
ALL 89 22 0 0.0 86.3 3.7 .333 .436 .502 .362 .366 27.3 7.4 11.1
MLB 39849 6.3 87.5 11.2 .251 .409 .318 .318 .371 34.5 21.6 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
06/21/2018 Chicago Cubs signed SS Nico Hoerner.
06/26/2018 SS Nico Hoerner assigned to AZL Cubs 1.
06/29/2018 SS Nico Hoerner assigned to Eugene Emeralds from AZL Cubs 1.
07/11/2018 SS Nico Hoerner assigned to South Bend Cubs from Eugene Emeralds.
07/18/2018 South Bend Cubs placed SS Nico Hoerner on the 7-day disabled list.
09/21/2018 South Bend Cubs activated SS Nico Hoerner from the 7-day injured list.
03/05/2019 SS Nico Hoerner assigned to Chicago Cubs.
04/01/2019 SS Nico Hoerner assigned to Tennessee Smokies from South Bend Cubs.
04/27/2019 Tennessee Smokies placed SS Nico Hoerner on the 7-day injured list retroactive to April 24, 2019.
06/27/2019 Tennessee Smokies sent SS Nico Hoerner on a rehab assignment to AZL Cubs 2.
07/04/2019 Tennessee Smokies activated SS Nico Hoerner from the 7-day injured list.
08/28/2019 SS Nico Hoerner assigned to Mesa Solar Sox.
09/09/2019 Chicago Cubs selected the contract of SS Nico Hoerner from Tennessee Smokies.