Nico Hoerner
24-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
10-Day IL
Injury Hamstring
Est. Return 7/2/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Hoerner acquitted himself quite well in 2019, as his .282/.305/.436 line in 20 games at the MLB level was quite impressive for someone who played in just 89 career minor-league games. He wasn't able to carry that level of success into his second season, however, looking overmatched en route to a .222/.312/.259 slash line with zero homers. He'll still be 23 on Opening Day and was only just drafted in 2018, so it's not as if we should give up on him at this stage. He'll also seemingly get the playing time necessary to keep developing, with the Cubs selling off pieces. There are some red flags, however, particularly pertaining to the notion of fantasy upside. His contact simply isn't nearly good enough, as his career 1.3% barrel rate and 2.2 degree launch angle demonstrate. His defensive versatility and youth will get him playing time, while his contact skill and modest speed are the top selling points in fantasy. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#495
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in February of 2021.
Could head to minors next week
2BChicago Cubs
Hamstring
June 20, 2021
The Cubs are hopeful that Hoerner (hamstring) will be ready to begin a minor-league rehab assignment in 7-to-10 days, Tony Andracki of Marquee Sports Network reports.
ANALYSIS
Hoerner has been able to complete full pregame workouts in recent days, leaving the Cubs optimistic about where he stands in his recovery from a strained left hamstring. He'll continue to build up during the current week before the Cubs map out a schedule of minor-league games for him to play. The 24-year-old would appear to have an outside chance of making it back from the 10-day injured list before the end of the month, but an early July return appears more realistic.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .701 75 12 1 12 4 .277 .347 .354
Since 2019vs Right .705 212 28 2 27 2 .276 .335 .370
2021vs Left .750 25 4 0 4 3 .300 .400 .350
2021vs Right .870 59 5 0 5 0 .352 .407 .463
2020vs Left .636 38 7 0 3 1 .265 .342 .294
2020vs Right .555 83 11 0 10 2 .211 .301 .254
2019vs Left .795 12 1 1 5 0 .273 .250 .545
2019vs Right .732 70 12 2 12 0 .284 .314 .418
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+46%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .758 136 20 3 17 1 .273 .353 .405
Since 2019Away .655 144 19 0 22 5 .282 .319 .336
2021Home 1.059 29 3 0 4 0 .417 .517 .542
2021Away .725 55 6 0 5 3 .300 .345 .380
2020Home .619 64 8 0 5 1 .218 .328 .291
2020Away .524 50 9 0 8 2 .244 .280 .244
2019Home .755 43 9 3 8 0 .262 .279 .476
2019Away .722 39 4 0 9 0 .306 .333 .389
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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
0.75
 
BB Rate
10.7%
 
K Rate
14.3%
 
BABIP
.397
 
ISO
.095
 
AVG
.338
 
OBP
.405
 
SLG
.432
 
OPS
.837
 
wOBA
.363
 
Exit Velocity
81.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
25.4%
 
Barrels/PA
2.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
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.
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.
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Goes through baseball activities
2BChicago Cubs
Hamstring
June 18, 2021
Hoerner (hamstring) went through the full range of baseball activities Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Taking part in light activities
2BChicago Cubs
Hamstring
June 8, 2021
Hoerner (hamstring) played catch and took some swings off a tee Tuesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Heads to injured list
2BChicago Cubs
Hamstring
May 26, 2021
Hoerner (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Managing strained hamstring
2BChicago Cubs
Hamstring
May 25, 2021
Hoerner was diagnosed with a left hamstring strain after leaving Tuesday's game against the Pirates, Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Removed with injury
2BChicago Cubs
Hamstring
May 25, 2021
Hoerner was removed from Tuesday's game at Pittsburgh with an apparent left hamstring injury, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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