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Nico Hoerner Still Out after HBP, but He’s Flying Up the Prospect Rankings

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Chicago Cubs shortstop prospect Nico Hoerner was continuing to turn heads thanks to a blistering start to his first full professional season, which came at an aggressive assignment at AA, when he took a pitch off the right wrist last week. That landed him on the Injured List, where he is still, but thankfully it’s not a matter of any broken bones.

Hopefully, then, the 21-year-old 2018 first rounder will get right back to his .293/.388/.483 (157 wRC+) line very soon.

In the meantime, about those heads being turned. We knew this was coming as soon as prospects started getting re-ranked. You can’t rake in the Arizona Fall League right after you’re drafted as a shortstop, then rake in Spring Training, and then get assigned straight to AA – where you keep raking – and not fly up the prospect rankings:

Hoerner, who was previously at 94, jumped a full 30 spots to 64 – which is a pretty ridiculous leap for a single month. If he comes back healthy and keeps doing what he was doing, I don’t think there’s any way you could resist having Hoerner as a consensus top 50 prospect in the game, which would be the Cubs’ first since the previous wave graduated.

Bonus love for Nico from an old friend:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.