Cubs must answer these big questions heading into Spring Training 2.0
Chicago Cubs: Second base will be interesting with the rise of Nico Hoerner.
Back in March there was discussion over whether prospect Nico Hoerner was going to make the opening day roster or not. The 22-year-old made his MLB debut late last season and showed a lot of promise, but also was clear he still needs seasoning. With this season being so different it would make sense for Hoerner getting playing time in the regular season. There are also other guys slated to be part of the second base position.
The Cubs brought in former Indians All-Star and local Chicagoland native Jason Kipnis on a minor league deal. Kipnis was considered a lock to make the roster back in March being the veteran with a good resume. Right now, Kipnis looks like he is still a lock making the roster. The Cubs are going to want a veteran to be relied on to be the primary second baseman to start the season as they work to develop Hoerner.
Do not forget that David Bote is an option to play at second. He has played 63 games at second in his career and had plenty of reps at second in March. Bote gives the position nice depth that can be relied on to play solid defense and be an offensive threat. He will definitely get some playing time regardless of what position he plays. The Cubs also have utility man Daniel Descalso as an option, though he probably will be much lower on the potential depth chart than most position players.