Chicago Cubs: Three possibilities for Nico Hoerner in 2020

Nico Hoerner / Chicago Cubs (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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With Chicago Cubs Nico Hoerner’s necessary premature call-up in late 2019, the Cubs accelerated the clock on their top prospect and now head into 2020 with several questions to answer regarding their young infielder.

The Chicago Cubs Nico Hoerner belongs in the major leagues on Opening Day in 2020. Whether that will happen or not is anyone’s guess, but it’s what would be best for everyone concerned- player and team. Concerning Hoerner, there are three distinct possibilities for the prized 22-year-old infielder that make sense at this point in the offseason.

Hoerner, the 24th overall and first pick from the 2018 draft to get to the majors, showed in his brief time with the big league club that he could provide many of the pieces they’ve been looking for of late. Contact on offense, solid defense at several positions, and a cheap and extremely team-friendly deal.

Hoerner played in 20 games for the big league club in 2019, scored 13 runs, drove in another 17, and posted a .282 average in September. He displayed a solid glove and arm, and significant contact skills at the plate to go with some power that many expect Hoerner to grow into as he gets older. Regardless, doubles are a great thing too, and Hoerner has already shown that the deserves to be in the bigs smacking balls in the gap and flashing the leather around.