2018 Amateur Draft / 2018 Amateur Draft Signings / Chicago Cubs / Nico Hoerner

Cubs Finalizing Deal With First-Rounder Nico Hoerner

Posted On: Jun 12, 2018   |   Posted By: MLB Trade Rumors

The Cubs are closing in on an agreement with first-round pick Nico Hoerner , reports Patrick Mooney of The Athletic. The former Stanford shortstop is expected to sign for the full slot value of $2.724MM that comes with the No. 24 overall selection, according to Mooney, and he'll begin his pro career with the Cubs' short-season Class-A affiliate, the Eugene Emeralds. MLB.com's Carrie Muskat tweets that all that remains for the deal to be finalized is a physical, which should happen later this week.
Chicago, it seems, was a bit more bullish on Hoerner than most pre-draft rankings. Hoerner ranked 37th in the class in the estimation of Kiley McDaniel and Eric Longenhagen of Fangraphs, while ESPN's Keith Law pegged him 39th , Baseball America ranked him 42nd and Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com tabbed him 52nd .
Those reports indicate that there's somewhat of a split among scouts as to whether Hoerner can remain at shortstop or will require a move to second base or the outfield. BA makes...

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