Nico Hoerner Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 200 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 5/13/1997 (25)
Nico Hoerner Season Stats
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Nico Hoerner News
The Chicago Cubs avoided salary arbitration with middle infielder Nico Hoerner on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $2.525 million deal. Hoerner had easily his best big-league season in his fourth year with the Cubs last season, but it still didn't move the needle much in fantasy. In a career-high 135 games played, he hit .281/.327/.410 with a .736 OPS, 10 home runs, 55 RBI, 60 runs scored and 20 stolen bases in 517 plate appearances. The 25-year-old was used mostly at shortstop, but he is expected to move back to the keystone in 2023 after the Cubs signed Dansby Swanson this offseason. Hoerner is most valuable to the Cubs for his defense and to fantasy managers for his speed on the basepaths.
Chicago Cubs shortstop Nico Hoerner (triceps) remains out of the starting lineup on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It remains to be seen if Hoerner will land on the injured list, which would likely end his 2022 season. The 25-year-old has now missed 10 straight games, so it's entirely possible he won't be able to make it back for the final couple of weeks of the season. Hoerner has been very solid for fantasy managers this year, slashing .291/.338/.421 with nine home runs, 49 RBI, 51 runs scored and 18 stolen bases in his 444 at-bats. Rookie Christopher Morel is at shortstop and is batting ninth on Thursday against Pirates right-hander Mitch Keller. The 23-year-old has plenty of power (14 home runs), but he's hitting ninth and has gone 5-for-36 (.139) with a homer and three RBI in 15 games this month.
Chicago Cubs middle infielder Nico Hoerner (triceps) remains out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Miami Marlins. This will be Hoerner's ninth straight game starting on the bench due to his injury, and fantasy managers have to be wondering if he'll land on the injured list to close out the 2022 season at this point. The 25-year-old has had a really solid year in his fourth big-league season, hitting .291/.338/.421 with a career-high nine home runs, 49 RBI, 51 runs scored and 18 stolen bases in 477 plate appearances over 125 games. Zach McKinstry will get the start at the 6 on Wednesday and will hit eighth against Marlins left-hander Jesus Luzardo. The left-handed-hitting McKinstry should be avoided in DFS while facing a southpaw.
Chicago Cubs shortstop Nico Hoerner had a sneaky good year in 2022, his first full season in the majors. He hit .281, homered 10 times, and collected 115 RBI plus runs over 135 games. Hoerner wasn't afraid to run the bases, swiping 20 bags with a sprint speed in the 92nd percentile. However, he doesn't possess the power to go with his speed. Hoerner hit just three homers before this season, and it'll be difficult for him to sustain his total from 2022, as he owns a career 2.1% barrel rate. The 25-year-old knows how to handle the bat, as he struck out just 11% of the time while posting a 14.2% whiff rate this year and owns a career 13.1% strikeout rate. Although, Hoerner never hits the ball hard (87.2 MPH average exit velocity in 2022), and a 6.6% fly ball spike this season is worrisome for a player of his skill set. His .270 xBA looks nice, but if his 2023 average is in that ballpark, based on where he's being drafted (140 ADP), he'll need to steal around 25 bases with double-digit long balls, something fantasy managers shouldn't count on him doing. And while Hoerner's expected to lead off for the Cubs, Steamer projects the former first-rounder for just 74 runs and 58 RBI. Managers are better off waiting for Thairo Estrada (184 ADP) or the still-promising Bryson Stott (221 ADP).