Nico Hoerner
23-Year-Old ShortstopSS
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Hoerner would have debuted in 2020 under normal circumstances, but he was the best option at shortstop in September when Javier Baez and Addison Russell got hurt, so he got the emergency callup with the Cubs fighting for a playoff spot. Including a 2018 stint in the Arizona Fall League, Hoerner only played 110 games before reaching the majors, yet he hit .282 with a 13.4 K% and didn't look overmatched at all. He could end up with a plus hit tool, which will be important, as he doesn't have any other plus tools. Hoerner could develop 20-homer power and may chip in 8-10 steals, but the main selling point is that he could be a good enough hitter to bat second in a good lineup. His walk rate should improve as he gets more reps. Baez isn't going anywhere, but Hoerner could be his long-term double-play partner. In the short term, he may head to Triple-A for a couple months before joining the MLB roster for good. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Cubs in June of 2018 that includes a $2.72 million signing bonus.
Could benefit from compacted season
SSChicago Cubs
April 16, 2020
Hoerner could land himself a role in the majors and regular playing time whenever the regular season is able to begin, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
ANALYSIS
Before play was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Hoerner was likely looking at starting the year at Triple-A Iowa to get more regular playing time. However, if rosters are expanded and the schedule gets compacted as expected, the 22-year-old might stick in the majors from the start. The thinking is that with fewer off days, teams will need to rotate players more, and that could get Hoerner the requisite at-bats at the MLB level. He certainly looked the part of a big-league player when he made his debut last season, posting a .282 batting average and three home runs in 20 games.
Read More News
Batting Stats
Loading Batting Stats...
2019
2019 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Batting Game Log...
Minor League Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Loading Minor League Batting Game Log...
Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
2
14
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .795 12 1 1 5 0 .273 .250 .545
Since 2017vs Right .732 70 12 2 12 0 .284 .314 .418
2019vs Left .795 12 1 1 5 0 .273 .250 .545
2019vs Right .732 70 12 2 12 0 .284 .314 .418
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
More Splits View More Split Stats
Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .755 43 9 3 8 0 .262 .279 .476
Since 2017Away .722 39 4 0 9 0 .306 .333 .389
2019Home .755 43 9 3 8 0 .262 .279 .476
2019Away .722 39 4 0 9 0 .306 .333 .389
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
More Splits View More Split Stats
Stat Review
How does Nico Hoerner compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.27
 
BB Rate
3.7%
 
K Rate
13.4%
 
BABIP
.292
 
ISO
.154
 
AVG
.282
 
OBP
.305
 
SLG
.436
 
OPS
.741
 
wOBA
.317
 
Exit Velocity
85.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
26.5%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
Prospect Rankings History
Advanced Batting Stats
Loading Advanced Batting Stats...
Additional Stats
Games By Position
Defensive Stats
Loading Games Played by Position...
Loading MLB Defensive Stats...
Batted Ball Stats
Loading Batted Ball Stats...
Stats Vs Upcoming Pitchers
Want more matchup stats?
Loading Matchup Stats...
Our full team depth charts are reserved for RotoWire subscribers.
Subscribe Now
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Nico Hoerner
NL FAAB Factor: Baseball Is Back Edition
5 days ago
Baseball is back, and Jan Levine profiles players whose value has changed recently, including Jay Bruce, who should get at-bats at DH this season.
NL FAAB Factor: Father's Day Edition
12 days ago
Jan Levine profiles undervalued players who could pay off in NL leagues this year, including Alex Wood, who focused on improving his mechanics this offseason.
The Z Files: Winning Tendencies, Part Six
23 days ago
Todd Zola breaks down roster management trends from last season's NFBC Main Event and notes that Lucas Giolito became a poster boy for exercising patience.
NL FAAB Factor: Early June Update
26 days ago
Jan Levine profiles players flying under the radar, including the Reds' Eugenio Suarez, who should be back to full health when the season resumes.
Farm Futures: Dynasty Rankings for Rebuilders
33 days ago
James Anderson provides top-300 dynasty rankings specifically geared toward rebuilding teams.
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Rarely does a hitter get sent to the Arizona Fall League the year he was drafted. Even rarer is the prospect who gets that assignment and performs as one of the league's best hitters. Hoerner finished his season by hitting .337/.362/.506 in 89 AFL at-bats, but let's go back at the beginning. The Cubs selected the Stanford shortstop with the No. 24 pick in the draft -- potentially this regime's best pick since Kris Bryant in 2013. Hoerner may not stick at shortstop, but unlike recent first-round picks Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ, making consistent contact shouldn't be a problem. Hoerner produced with a wood bat in the Northwoods and Cap Cod leagues, and that success carried over across brief stops at three levels before an elbow injury ended his regular season, prompting the AFL assignment. If he maxes out, Hoerner will be a plus hitter with plus speed and 15-homer pop. He should be one of the first 2018 draftees to reach the majors.
More Fantasy News
Three-hit game Tuesday
SSChicago Cubs
March 3, 2020
Hoerner went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Rockies.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Could start season in minors
SSChicago Cubs
February 17, 2020
Hoerner could begin the year with Triple-A Iowa, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Records two hits in win
SSChicago Cubs
September 28, 2019
Hoerner went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in Friday's 8-2 win over the Cardinals.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Heads to bench
SSChicago Cubs
September 26, 2019
Hoerner is not in the lineup Thursday against the Pirates.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Drives in two in loss
SSChicago Cubs
September 24, 2019
Hoerner went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Tuesday's 9-2 loss to the Pirates.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.