Second base is the only infield position the Cubs must solve this spring, a three-way competition among David Bote, Nico Hoerner and Ildemaro Vargas. Vargas is more suited for the bench, setting up a showdown between Bote and Hoerner. Bote didn’t put up the offensive numbers he’s capable of in 2020, though his production exceeded Hoerner’s, who dealt with rookie struggles. The Cubs expect Hoerner to adjust and take a step forward this season. They might feel more comfortable giving Bote the bulk of playing time to start the year. The 23-year-old Hoerner is an exciting young player, and with a good spring performance, he could push for the starting job. His defensive abilities shouldn’t be overlooked either.