2018 MLB Draft: Please welcome Stanford shortstop Nico Hoerner to the Cubs

The Cubs got a college shortstop with top bat skills in the first round.

With the 24th pick in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft, the Cubs selected shortstop Nico Hoerner from Stanford University.

Hoerner is a 5’11” shortstop who hit .345 with a .391 OBP with the Cardinal this spring. Scouts who like Hoerner praise his all-around game and especially his ability to put bat on the ball. Few in college baseball struck out fewer times than Hoerner and he struck out just 22 times (with 20 walks) in 232 at-bats this season. His power is limited at the moment and while some think he could develop more, others see his power potential as limited.

Defensively, he doesn’t wow anyone, but I’m going to guess that the Cubs are in the camp that believes that Hoerner can stick at shortstop or they wouldn’t have drafted him. Others think he has the ability to be a “super-sub” who could move around like Ben Zobrist or Ian Happ. I’ve also seen an Ian Kinsler comp put on him, although that might be a little optimistic from the power tool.

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Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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