Nico Hoerner Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 200 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 5/13/1997 (26)
Nico Hoerner Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Nico Hoerner News
Chicago Cubs second baseman Nico Hoerner is 0-for-5 through two Cactus League games. He was 0-for-3 in his debut, a 7-0 loss to the Padres on Sunday, and 0-for-2 on Tuesday in a tie versus the Reds. He batted in his typical leadoff spot on Sunday, but on Tuesday he was uncharacteristically batting cleanup. That shouldn't be the case during the regular season as he spent his time hitting out of the 1-2 spots in the order all of last year, and his speed profile is more suited for the top of the order with his 43 stolen bases in 2023. He's less suited for the middle of the order as he isn't a big power producer (1.8% Barrel%), with just nine home runs and 68 RBI last season. He does have supremely high contact rates that make him one of the best in the league at putting the bat on the ball, which makes him a more attractive asset in points leagues. As for roto, he's going around 60th overall, well ahead of his RotoBaller rank of 78.
Chicago Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson and second baseman Nico Hoerner both won Gold Gloves in 2023. It's Swanson's second straight Gold Glove, while Hoerner won his first Gold Glove this year. Swanson's 20 outs above average led all MLB shortstops, and he also set a career-high with 18 defensive runs saved, which led all shortstops. The Cubs had a franchise-record three Gold Gloves this year with left fielder Ian Happ also winning the award. Other National League Gold Glove winners in 2023 include Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes, Diamondbacks rookie catcher Gabriel Moreno, Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler, Colorado Rockies center fielder Brenton Doyle and San Diego Padres right fielder Fernando Tatis Jr. and utility man Ha-Seong Kim.
Chicago Cubs infielder Nico Hoerner (knee) is out of the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. This comes after Hoerner fouled a ball off his knee during Friday's game. Luckily, it appears Hoerner has avoided serious injury and is available off the bench for this game. In his absence, Christopher Morel will bat leadoff and cover second base versus left-hander Eric Lauer on Saturday.
Nico Hoerner was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the 2023 rule changes. In 150 games, he hit .283/.346/.383 with nine homers, 68 RBI, 98 runs and 43 steals. Only five players had more stolen bases than Hoerner in 2023, who had previously only swiped 28 bases in 247 MLB games. Unlike some speedsters, the Cubs second baseman will also help with your team's batting average while scoring plenty of runs. Hoerner's .272 xBA might cause some trepidation and we'll see regression in his batting average. However, he's now outperformed his xBA in each of the last three seasons and there's nothing to suggest he can't hit .280 again in 2024. Hoerner's 28.5 ft/sec ranked in the 80th percentile but with an 86% success rate in stolen base attempts, he should be able to top 40 steals again. Hoerner's glove (98th percentile in Outs Above Average) will also help with his playing time. The only downside to Hoerner is a lack of power. If he can hit ~10 homers in 2024, he'll be able to back up last year's breakout season. Hoerner is an ideal option if you focus on power over speed with the first couple of hitters you draft.