With the 24th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, the Chicago Cubs have selected Nico Hoerner a shortstop from Stanford University.
Hoerner has been a three year starter at Stanford. His Freshman year wasn’t too flashy as he only posted a .254 batting average. His sophomore campaign he posted a .307 batting average and improved that to .345 in his junior year. While he is not a guy that will hit for power he will hit for average and will get on base. He also impressed this year stealing 15 bags. He’s a plus defender at SS and can stay there when his time in the big league comes.
— Stanford Baseball (@StanfordBSB) June 5, 2018
The mindset for this one on the Cubs part would be to select a guy and sign him to a below slot deal to chase after high regarded high school pitchers later in the draft.
In the Cubs depleted system I could see Hoerner being somewhere in the top 5-7 range in the farm.