Chicago Cubs: Nico Hoerner close to signing with Cubs

Joe Maddon, Theo Epstein, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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 It’s just about done as Chicago Cubs’ pick Nico Hoerner is about to sign. It’s no wonder that he’s going to be the bright pick for the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs and Nico Hoerner are about to sign what is worth slot value, which is $2.724 million for the 24th overall pick. Hoerner batted .345 in 57 games this season. He hit 17 doubles, six triples and two home runs. all while driving in 40 runs. A right-handed hitter from Oakland, he was named to the All-Tournament in the NCAA Regional.

The Cubs scouted Hoerner and Stanford left-hander Kris Bubic (who went to the Royals with the 40th pick) where they followed their progress in the Cape Cod League. Hoerner batted .300 with six home runs, 28 RBS and 15 stolen bases in the wood-bat league.

Start at second?

And what about his ability to start at second base and then move to shortstop? “His arm is fine,” Esquer said. “He can play shortstop at the major-league level.”

And what about the bonus? McLeod said that Hoerner was one of the three players the Cubs strongly considered, which carries an assigned bonus value or $2.724 million. That should be the least of his concerns coming through, today.

Everything is going to be done, especially when he is going to need a hot hand. But in the end, it’s all relative.

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The Cubs have so many things that they need to get done. They’ve got so many things they need to get done–especially getting Hoerner ready.