Chicago Cubs: So does Hoerner have a spot?
This is a tough call. Hoerner does have an ‘inside spot,’ aside from a slump and diminished time in September. From the coronavirus to the 60 game schedule, it’s hard that Hoerner hasn’t played a single game at Triple-A. Go ahead. Look it up—no games at Triple-A.
He’s 23 years old. He’s ‘new,’ but not that new. According to Fangraphs, he runs the bases well, and he’s a contact hitter based on the 82.5 hard contact rate. In a 162 game season, he’ll likely learn from a veteran player. (Kipnis?)
Hoerner does seem like a fit for second base, but the veteran presence would be nice to have, either Kipnis or whoever they find. I know this is true–Hoerner will have every chance to do it while Theo Epstein is here for his final year, perhaps.