Tonight, the Cubs went offense. After drafting tons of pitching talent last year, they selected shortstop/infielder Nico Hoerner right out of Stanford with the 24th overall pick.
The selection surprises many because an infielder was not the expected position where the Cubs would draft talent. Especially when they are heavily loaded in the major leagues as well as in the farm system. Shortstops are a strength right now with two exciting ones, Zack Short and Aramis Ademan. The good thing about Hoerner is he’s expected to be able to shift around in the infield. This will not be the only position he can play.
Nico Hoerner is a big talent from Stanford playing three years of D1 baseball. Hoerner batted .345/.391/.496/.887 in 232 at-bats this past year, carrying the Cardinals to a 46-12 record. He’s not a big home run threat nor base stealer but is a pure hitter that can drive in runs. Hoerner had 40 RBI this season in just 58 games. That would translate to over 100 per year in the majors, incredible stuff.
Once again, this pick is a bit surprising, but the Cubs add infield depth to their farm system which seems like the right move tonight. The fact he can move around into different slots such as second base, third base, and shortstop makes Hoerner appealing to the Cubs.
After trading away most of their offensive talent over the past few years and stocking up on pitchers, expect Theo Epstein and the Cubs to go after positional players more now. It’s the beginning of a restocked farm system.