Hoerner was the team captain for three years at Head Royce High School in Oakland, California
He also lettered two years in soccer and one in basketball.
In the summer of 2015, Hoerner volunteered at an orphanage in Peru, Alameda Food Bank, St
Nico's mother, Kella Diehl, graduated from Stanford in 1985. His father is Fred Hoerner.
Hoerner was off to Stanford on a baseball scholarship in 2016.
Following his sophomore season, Nico spent the summer in the Cape Cod League with Yarmouth-Dennis. And he earned all-star honors. He was one of the most consistent players in the league, putting together professional at bats and barreling up balls.
Hoerner has an excellent approach to the game.
June 2018: Nico was the Cubs #1 pick, out of Stanford. And Hoerner signed for a bonus of $2,724,000, via scout Gabe Zappin.
Most of Nico's free time was spent on the baseball field, simply because that's where he wanted to be. Hoerner never needed his family or an AAU coach to push him to get out on the diamond. His fire to be successful has always come from within.
"I think why baseball has continued to be so enjoyable for me is that I was never supposed to play college baseball or supposed to get drafted," Hoerner said in August, 2018. "It wasn't part of some bigger plan that any coach or my parents had for me It's just a relationship with the game that has developed naturally.
"It was never working hard so that I could go to Stanford or that I could be a first rounder. It was just to be the best that I could be, and that remains true." (Phil Barnes - Vine Line - August, 2018)
2018 Season: Though he played just 14 games in his pro debut before straining ligaments in his left elbow while diving for a ball, that was long enough to show why scouts considered him one of the best offensive-minded middle infielders available. Hoerner has exceptional hand-eye coordination, an advanced approach and developing power.
In 2019, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Hoerner as the #1 prospect in the Cubs' farm system.
There was a moment last season when David Esquer, Stanford’s head baseball coach, had to pull Nico Hoerner aside. Esquer needed to tell the young shortstop to stop playing so hard.
“He had a little bit of a hamstring issue,” Esquer said
“He had a little bit of a hamstring issue,” Esquer said. “I had to say, ‘Hey, Nico, I need you to kind of big league it when you hit a grounder to second. I don’t need you to run like your hair’s on fire.’”
Esquer said that message was hard for Hoerner to hear, because winning was all the infielder cared about. But, Hoerner was willing to slow himself down if his coach felt it was best for the team in the long run.
Now in the Cubs’ system, the 21-year-old Hoerner is again showing a willingness to do what the team believes is best with the long-view in mind. He’s open-minded about analytics. He’s open to moving off shortstop in the name of increasing versatility. He has tweaked his stance, changed his arm slot, identified two-strike approach as an area to improve and craves as much information and input as possible.
“He’s just that special player,” Esquer said. “His game directly translates into the big league game. And his work ethic and just his love of the game, he was a game-changing personality for us at Stanford. There are those program changers — just all into the team, just tough mentality and real supportive of his teammates.
“He’s just driven to win and really just selling out for his team. And I knew that would translate with the Cubs. It’s a perfect match.” (Jordan Bastian - MLB.com - March 21, 2019)
MLB debut - Sept. 10, 2019: Nico Hoerner, an unexpected callup even to himself, made his Major League debut a stylish one by collecting three hits and four RBIs to lead the Cubs to a 10-2 victory over the Padres at Petco Park. Hoerner had the numerous Cubs fans who invaded Petco Park chanting “Nico! Nico! Nico!” during his surprise unveiling.