The Cubs have officially added Nico Hoerner to the active roster, making him the first member of his 2018 MLB draft class to make it to the bigs. He will start at short and bat sixth for the Cubs Monday night in San Diego. The 22-year-old batted .284 with a .743 OPS and three homers in 294 plate appearances that Garfunkled (just ask Joe Maddon) a two-month layoff for a fractured wrist. He did his best work late, though, batting .333 with a .782 OPS.
The idea of Hoerner being a September call-up wasn’t entirely foreign back in spring training, when he hit .471 with a 1.609 OPS and six extra-base hits in limited action with the big club. That came after an abbreviated debut campaign in which the Cubs saw enough to make him the first of their prospects since Kris Bryant to be assigned to the Arizona Fall League so quickly.