Chicago Cubs: Predicting the 2020 lineup

CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 21: Jason Heyward #22, Anthony Rizzo #44 and Javier Baez #9 of the Chicago Cubs look on during a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 21, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds won 6-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 21: Jason Heyward #22, Anthony Rizzo #44 and Javier Baez #9 of the Chicago Cubs look on during a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 21, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds won 6-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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9. . Second Base. . Nico Hoerner. . player

Nico Hoerner was able to impress once he was called up early because of a Javier Baez injury. He hit over .280 in about 80 at-bats in 2019.

With Ben Zobrist not on the roster, the Chicago Cubs could go with David Bote over Nico Hoerner but he could be slotted in another position, which I will get to shortly.

David Descalso is on the depth chart as well, but he is going to be taking more of a utility role in 2020 to keep all of the regular starters healthy for what hopefully turns into a deep October run.

Shortstop. . Javier Baez. . player. 9.

Javier Baez couldn’t have had a better year in 2019 than he did when he placed second for the NL MVP in 2018, and he didn’t. But it still landed him on the All-Star team and he hit nearly 30 home runs in 2019 while driving in 85 runs.

Baez will probably be one of the next Cubs players to land an extension, as he is a fan favorite and is one of the most entertaining players in the game.

Now moving on to the third base position– the most interesting storyline of the offseason for the Cubs.