Nico Hoerner's Big Week and Perfect Wrigley Field Debut

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Nico Hoerner’s Big Week and Perfect Wrigley Field Debut

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What a crazy week it’s been for Chicago Cubs prospect – yup, still a prospect – Nico Hoerner. From chilling on his couch after his minor league season was over, to getting a call that he was needed in San Diego, to working pro at bats and providing a spark for the big league offense.

Yesterday, he got to make his Wrigley Field debut, and it was perfect. I am still enjoying this particular moment, and also how impressively he went down and got this one while barreling it up:

Hoerner is starting again at shortstop today for the Cubs, filling in for Javy Baez (regular season over with a fractured thumb) and Addison Russell (concussion protocol). How long will that job last for him? What happens with Russell returns?

Well, it doesn’t sound like Hoerner is immediately going to hit the bench:

Indeed. Hoerner is hitting .350/.435/.600 (159 wRC+) through 23 PAs, with a 13.0% BB rate and an 8.7% K rate. The sample is tiny, but the results have been great:

(Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)


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.