How much of an impact will Nico Hoerner and David Bote have this season?
One week into summer camp, Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies talk about Nico Hoerner and David Bote and how they can make an impact on the roster this season on Cubs 360 Summer Camp.
The Cubs can carry up to 60 players on their roster and with Hoerner training at Wrigley Field, Deshaies believes he will make the roster during this unique season.
“It gives you positional versatility. He can play the middle of the diamond, second base, shortstop, they’ve had him working in center field as well. He’s a speed guy and a young guy obviously and still has a lot of developing to do; however, there’s nowhere to develop this year,” Deshaies said. “It’s either here playing baseball or down in South Bend working out. In all likelihood, he’ll be on the club.”
While Hoerner can play various position, Kasper believed his biggest value can be the backup to Báez.
“There’s not a lot of depth in that position. The Cubs used to have a ton of depth at shortstop. Addison Russell is not here and remember Gleyber Torres was traded to the Yankees a few years ago,” Kasper said.
Bote is another versatile player who can play multiple positions with a big bat.
“It’s interesting because of the DH, for some of these guys, it’s going to make it a lot tougher. There’s not going to be double switches and there’s not going to be much pinch-hitting,” Deshaies said. “It’s going to be a challenge for David Ross to keep David Bote in the mix. Occasionally, he can DH but he’s another guy like Hoerner with positional versatility.”