Chicago Cubs: The final countdown to the top organizational prospects

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Chicago Cubs: Nico Hoerner, SS

Not knowing why I feel like Nico Hoerner could be that guy a few years down the line who fans are yelling at, “You were the chosen one.” Moving on from the cheesy Obi-Wan Kenobi quote from Start Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Hoerner is a guy who at that time could already be a star.

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The team’s first-round pick in the 2018 Amateur Draft, Hoerner, made a mockery of both the Low-A and Class-A leagues before moving to Double-A in 2019. Last season at South Bend, for example, Hoerner slashed a whopping .400/.471/.667 with a .508 wOBA and 222 wRC+ over 17 plate appearances.

In 70 games this season at Tennessee, Hoerner slashed .284/.344/.399 with a .342 wOBA and 117 wRC+. Only 22 years old, the Cubs decided to bring him past Triple-A Iowa and into the bigs where he became a quick fan favorite. In his first week in Chicago, Hoerner posted a .443 wOBA, 177 wRC+, and slashed .379/.438/.655 with a 1.093 OPS.

By the end of his 20 game span, Hoerner carried a respected .282/.305/.436 line with only a 13.4 percent strikeout rate. Impactful, to say the least. Next season Hoerner should be back with the big league club, preferably at the end of April.

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Part of the middle infield situation is dicey at best, and Hoerner would give the Cubs much-needed stability. Of all the prospects in the system, Hoerner is set up to make the most impact next year. Let’s hope he can continue building on a strong future in the Windy City.