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October 24, 2013Stanford can sell itself. This was the case with Head-Royce 2015 shortstop Nico Hoerner, who verbally committed to the Cardinal last month. We caught up with the versatile prospect to talk about his decision and who played a big role in it.
The 5-foot-11, 185 pound Hoerner chose Stanford over a host of other schools like Cal, UCLA, Washington, Vanderbilt, Duke, North Carolina and Oregon. Both of Hoerner's parents are former teachers at Stanford.
"My criteria was the best school I could succeed in baseball and academically," Hoerner said. He noted the campus being close to home and the high academic standard at Stanford.
There was some turnover on the Cardinal staff when 37 year assistant coach Dean Stotz retired. He was replaced by Stanford alum Ryan Garko, who was a 10 year major league veteran with the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers. The hire of Garko was important to Hoerner, he said.
Hoerner had a successful summer in making the Oakland A's Area Code team as a rare underclassman at the event. He also played for the Zoots and participated in the Reebok NorCal World Series. He drew the following review from RNWS:
"Hoerner helped lead Head-Royce to a North Coast Section title as a sophomore and was one of the top players in the Rebook game. He went 3-for-4 with a double and worked the ball to different fields. He also went an inning on the mound in the low-to-mid 80s in hitting 86 MPH. He had two strikeouts."
He joins College Park outfielder Nick Oar as 2015 commits for head coach Mark Marquess.