No recount necessary here.
Baseball Prospectus released their rankings of the Top 101 prospects in baseball today and I’m happy to report that shortstop Nico Hoerner was ranked as their 86th-best prospect in baseball.
Hoerner, the Cubs’ first-round pick last June, played just 14 games between Mesa, Eugene and South Bend before his season was ended by an elbow injury. In that short time, he was extremely impressive, hitting .327/.450/.571 while showing some good defensive skills at shortstop. But what really got Hoerner noticed was his strong campaign in the Arizona Fall League. Competing mainly against far more experienced players from Double-A and Triple-A, Hoerner hit .337/.362/.506 over 21 games. He had 45 total bases, which was tied for third-best in the entire league filled with some of the best prospects in the game including Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Keston Hiura, Peter Alonso and Jahmai Jones.
The Cubs also had one player on the Baseball Prospectus Top 101 prospect list last season as pitcher Adbert Alzolay was ranked 95th.
So after the snub of earlier today, it is nice to see Hoerner getting some recognition. MLB.com releases their Top 100 prospects list on Saturday, so we’ll see if Hoerner can win a split decision on whether or not he’s one of the best 100 prospects in the game.