Hoerner's a hit in Midwest League debut

Cubs' first-round Draft pick singles twice, dazzles with the glove

Nico Hoerner hit .318/.464/.545 with two homers, five RBIs and four steals in seven games with Eugene. (Jared Ravich/MiLB.com)

By Michael Avallone / MiLB.com | July 13, 2018 12:03 AM

From Arizona to Oregon to Indiana, it's been a successful two weeks for Nico Hoerner. And it only got better Thursday night.

The Cubs' first-round pick singled twice and made a tremendous defensive play in his debut for Class A South Bend, which fell to Beloit, 8-1, at Four Winds Field.

Video: Cubs' Hoerner gets first MWL hit

Hoerner is batting a combined .316/.447/.526 with nine runs, six stolen bases and four extra-base hits in the first 11 games of his professional career.

Hours after officially joining South Bend, the 21-year-old was slotted in the three-hole for South Bend and he wasted little time getting to work. He ripped a first-inning single to center and then went to right for another base hit in the third for his fourth professional multi-hit effort. Hoerner grounded out to third in his final two at-bats.

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Not to be outdone in the box, the shortstop also flashed a quick glove in the field. With a run already in and Beloit's Logan Farrar on third, Mickey McDonald scorched a liner toward short. Hoerner climbed the ladder and made a stellar leaping snag to prevent a run.

Chicago selected the Oakland, California, native with the 24th overall pick out Stanford University and inked him to a $2,724,000 bonus on June 20.

Video: South Bend's Hoerner robs a hit

Hoerner was assigned to the Rookie-level Arizona League and debuted six days later with a pair of extra-base hits and three runs scored while reaching safely four times in three games. He moved on to Class A Short Season Eugene, where he homered twice in seven contests before earning his second promotion in two weeks.

Considered a strong two-way player at Stanford, the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder hit .305/.352/.409 in 167 games with the Cardinal, including a career-high .349 this past season. Hoerner's ability to make contact -- he struck out 22 times in 232 collegiate at-bats -- has carried over to his pro career. He's fanned three times while earning seven walks in his first 47 plate appearances.

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Michael Cruz homered and doubled for South Bend. 

Hunter Hargrove drove in two runs and fell a triple shy of the cycle for Beloit, which also got three hits and two RBIs from Farrar. Starter Jean Ruiz (3-6) allowed one run and six hits over six innings to earn the win. The 21-year-old right-hander walked one and struck out one while completing six frames for the second time this season.

Michael Avallone is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @MavalloneMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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