Jason Kipnis
2B CHC
Tue 8/4/20 11:27 PM

Kipnis went went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Royals.

EDGE Analysis

Kipnis has been potent so far for the Cubs, posting two home runs and a 1.571 OPS through five games. He's not quite playing every day due to the presence of Nico Hoerner, but the veteran Kipnis is making his case for increased playing time while his bat is hot, either at second base or as the DH.

Jason Kipnis
2B CHC
Sat 8/1/20 12:17 AM

Kipnis went 2-for-3 with a home run and a walk during Friday's 6-3 win over the Pirates.

EDGE Analysis

Small-sample size applies here, but Kipnis has gone 5-for-11 with three extra-base hits and two RBI to start the season. He seems to be doing enough to earn more playing time moving forward, although it remains to be seen if that will be at second base or as a designated hitter. Either way, the veteran infielder has gotten to an impressive start to the season.

Jason Kipnis
2B CHC
Tue 7/28/20 11:06 PM

Kipnis went 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

Kipnis started as the designated hitter while Nico Hoerner played second. It seems that Hoerner has the slight edge for playing time at the keystone, but manager David Ross showed Tuesday that he's willing to deploy both players. Kipnis has a 1.125 OPS so far in the early going, and he should continue to earn fairly regular playing time if he stays hot at the plate.

Jason Kipnis
2B CHC
Sat 7/25/20 10:29 AM

Kipnis will bat eighth and start at second base in Saturday's game against the Brewers.

EDGE Analysis

Kipnis wasn't in the Opening Day lineup in favor of Nico Hoerner, who is expected to split time with Kipnis at second base this season. While the exact split remains unclear, they'll both get a start at second base while facing right-handers over the Cubs' first two games.

Jason Kipnis
2B CHC
Fri 7/24/20 3:59 PM

Kipnis will be on the bench for Friday's Opening Day game against the Brewers.

EDGE Analysis

Kipnis and Nico Hoerner were expected to split time at second base this season, but it's potentially significant that it's the right-handed Hoerner who gets the nod Friday even with a righty (Brandon Woodruff) on the mound for the opposition. The exact split between the pair may not become clear until a few more games have been played.

Jason Kipnis
2B CHC
Fri 7/17/20 4:36 PM

Kipnis' contract was selected by the Cubs on Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kipnis signed with his hometown team as a non-roster invitee back in February, but it appears he's won a roster spot. He should earn a fair number of at-bats at second base this season and could also spend some time as the designated hitter. The 33-year-old still swings a passable bat, but he's no longer the offensive weapon he was at his peak, as his wRC+ has finished between 80 and 89 in each of the last three seasons.

Jason Kipnis
2B CHC
Thu 5/14/20 9:27 PM

Kipnis is one of several players the Cubs could use as a DH if MLB adopts a universal DH in 2020, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kyle Schwarber seems to be most likely to seize a majority of any potential time at DH, but Wittenmyer lists Kipnis, Ian Happ and Steven Souza as others who could fill the role. Schwarber, Happ and Souza are all part of a crowded outfield in Chicago, so playing one of them at DH would get their bat in the lineup and allow strong defenders like Albert Almora and Jason Heyward to patrol the field. Kipnis could battle with the likes of Nico Hoerner and David Bote for playing time at second, so he might also DH some when there's no spot for him in the diamond.

Jason Kipnis
2B CHC
Sat 3/7/20 12:54 PM

Kipnis (illness) is starting at second base and hitting sixth Saturday against the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

He was scratched from Thursday's lineup with the flu but is ready to get back to work in his quest to win a roster spot with the Cubs after signing a minor-league deal last month.

Jason Kipnis
2B CHC
Thu 3/5/20 11:55 AM

Kipnis was scratched from the lineup for Thursday's Cactus League game against the Rangers after coming down with the flu, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

The flu bug looks to be passing around the Cubs' clubhouse, as pitcher Yu Darvish and outfielder Albert Almora will also be withheld from action due to illness. Assuming Kipnis is able to bounce back quickly from the flu, he should be able to keep himself in the mix for a spot on the Opening Day roster. The non-roster invitee is battling with Nico Hoerner, Daniel Descalso and David Bote for the top job at second base.

Jason Kipnis
2B CHC
Wed 3/4/20 2:33 PM

Kipnis is one of four Cubs players vying for the Opening Day starting job at second base, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though Kipnis is the most established option of the quartet, the Cubs have the least amount of investment in him, as he was forced to settle for a minor-league deal over the winter after slashing a modest .245/.304/.410 (82 wRC+) across 511 plate appearances with the Indians in 2019. In addition to Kipnis, holdovers Nico Hoerner, Daniel Descalso and David Bote are also competing for the top job at the keystone. Once the regular season arrives, it's possible that manager David Ross takes a committee approach to the position, or opts for a platoon pairing of one of the two lefty hitters (Kipnis and Descalso) with one of the two righty hitters (Hoerner and Bote).