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Junior Lake | Outfielder

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/27/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Cubs optioned OF Junior Lake to Triple-A Iowa.
Lake entered the season as a regular in the Cubs outfield, but struggled to the tune of a .216/.243/.364 slash line through his 305 plate appearances, with a horrifying 102/10 K/BB ratio. He will remain at Triple-A for the remainder of the minor league season before rejoining the Cubs in September. Aug 15 - 11:07 PM

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Junior Lake could be optioned to Triple-A Iowa soon.

The Cubs will make a few moves to add pitchers over the next few days, and they'd like to keep Arismendy Alcantara on the roster. That could mean Lake and/or Mike Olt will be optioned to the minors. Lake is hitting just .219/.246/.385 for the season with a hideous 93/10 K/BB ratio, while Olt is batting .142/.226/.361 with an 81/19 K/BB ratio.
Jul 20 - 10:14 AM

Junior Lake fanned all four times he was up Monday against the Red Sox.

In a fit of petulance, Lake broke his bat over his knee after the second one. He's hitless in his last 13 at-bats now, with seven strikeouts mixed in, and his on-base percentage for the year is down to .259. If this keeps up, he might find himself back in Triple-A for a few weeks.
Jun 30 - 10:25 PM

Junior Lake returned to the Cubs starting lineup on Saturday, going 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in a losing effort against the Nationals.

As a team, the Cubs only mustered three total hits against Gio Gonzalez and company on Saturday, so Lake wasn't the only one who had a rough day. He continues to see time in the leadoff slot, despite a poor .235/.264/.413 line on the season.
Jun 28 - 4:55 PM

Junior Lake (head, leg) is not in Friday's lineup but is available off the bench.

Lake had to exit Thursday's game after colliding with the metal door in the right-center field wall at Wrigley Field. He has some bruising on his head and leg but is feeling fine.
Jun 27 - 2:41 PM

Junior Lake did not show any concussion symptoms Thursday.

Lake exited Thursday's game after colliding with the metal door in the right-center field wall at Wrigley Field, but he's managed to avoid a serious injury. The outfielder is day-to-day with bruises on his head and left leg.
Jun 26 - 10:25 PM

Junior Lake left Thursday's game against the Nationals after colliding with the outfield wall.

Lake slid into the metal door in right center at Wrigley Field and appeared to hit his left leg, shoulder and head on the wall. The good news is that he was able to walk off the field on his own and was smiling as he did so. The Cubs should provide an update on his status shortly.
Jun 26 - 8:29 PM

Junior Lake went 1-for-3 with two runs scored in a win over the Reds on Tuesday.

Lake had a single and a walk in the game, scoring in the sixth and eighth innings. The outfielder is hitting just .243/.274/.428 but has spent most of the year hitting in a prime spot ahead of Anthony Rizzo in the Cubs' lineup. He's a frustrating player to own, but Lake's power-speed combo makes him a viable option in NL-only leagues.
Jun 25 - 12:48 AM

Junior Lake went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.

Lake hasn't done a whole lot at the dish this season, but he was able to use his speed to help the Cubs generate some offense. He swiped his seventh bag of the season in the first inning, then reached on a bunt single in the seventh inning and scored on Anthony Rizzo's double. Lake is slashing .242/.273/.438 on the season.
Jun 10 - 10:45 PM

Junior Lake hit a pair of solo homers Saturday against the Marlins.

He's not a leadoff man, but just about every good thing Lake has done this season has come with the bases empty; he's hit .164 in 67 at-bats with runners on and .162 in 37 at-bats with RISP. The Cubs are playing him pretty regularly in left field right now, and he has the speed and power to amass fantasy value while in the lineup most of the time. Still, he's only a starter until someone better comes along.
Jun 7 - 7:40 PM

Junior Lake went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Padres.

Lake took Padres starter Ian Kennedy deep for the only run against the right-hander in his start. It was Lake's sixth homer of the year. The outfielder has a surprisingly effective .273/.304/.482 line with five stolen bases to go with those six dingers.
May 25 - 9:18 PM

Junior Lake had a three-run homer, two doubles and six RBI as the Cubs trounced the Cardinals 17-5 on Monday.

A new low for the Cardinals this season. Lake's outburst nearly doubled his season total in RBI; he had eight in his previous 92 at-bats. He topped his previous career high for RBI by two. Lake mostly started against left-handers at the beginning of the season, but injuries have expanded his role and he's been hitting righties better than lefties anyway. He's the Cubs' best outfielder for fantasy purposes right now, though that's not saying a whole lot.
May 13 - 12:36 AM

Junior Lake had a stolen base and a run scored in a loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.

Lake's run in the fifth inning was the Cubs' only run scored in the game. The 24-year-old has four stolen bases to go with three home runs in 28 games. He's hitting just .241/.265/.430, but NL-only owners could do worse than the dual-threat outfielder.
May 7 - 12:45 AM

Junior Lake went 0-for-2 and drove home the Cubs only run with a sacrifice fly in Monday's loss to the White Sox.

The 24-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it at the plate thus far, slashing .240/.266/.440 on the season. He has a decent blend of power and speed, and could be a mixed league option for the next few weeks while Ryan Sweeney is sidelined.
May 6 - 12:03 AM

Junior Lake went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Cardinals.

Lake's sixth-inning blast was the only offense the Cubs could muster against Michael Wacha, but it was all they would need to secure the victory. The three hits were a season-high and raised his batting average 33 points from .217 to .250. The 24-year-old is intriguing from a fantasy perspective, but he has struck out 31 times in just 76 plate appearances this year.
May 3 - 4:01 PM

Depth Charts

C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Logan Watkins
SS1Starlin Castro
2Chris Valaika
3B1Luis Valbuena
LF1Chris Coghlan
CF1Arismendy Alcantara
2Ryan Sweeney
3Matt Szczur
RF1Jorge Soler
2Justin Ruggiano
Starting Pitcher
S1Jake Arrieta
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tsuyoshi Wada
6Jacob Turner
7Felix Doubront
8James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Justin Grimm
5Wesley Wright
6Carlos Villanueva
7Kyuji Fujikawa
8Zach Rosscup