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Cubs calling up prospect Junior Lake from Triple-A

Jul 19, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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With rumors swirling about the Cubs trading various veterans they’ve decided to call up 23-year-old Junior Lake from Triple-A, where he was hitting .295 with four homers and an .803 OPS in 40 games.

After playing shortstop for most of his career Lake shifted to third base this season and has also seen action in the outfield, with general manager Jed Hoyer telling Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com that the Cubs want to increase his defensive versatility.

Lake has never been considered a top prospect, in large part because of his poor plate discipline and strike zone control, but he’s also been young for every level of competition, offers very good speed, and has shown some upside offensively overall.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Gotta give the poor saps still showing up something to watch.

    • jerze2387 - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      Theyre all just busy drinking the watered down beer anyway. Wrigley field, or as we know it in Chicago “Wrigley tavern”…”oh, theres a baseball game going on here???”

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        Judges, can we please see the scores for originality and overall wittiness?

        http://bit.ly/oPbqoG

  2. chiadam - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    He’ll have to adjust quickly so he is comfortable swinging at pitches three feet off the plate, walking once every 295 ABs, and popping out to an infielder with a runner on third and less than two outs.

  3. 13arod - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Saw this guy play a couple of times in minors good ball player he is a above average player and i have his autograph

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      You know he only signed it because you were the only grown man asking for an autograph and he felt bad.

  4. esracerx46 - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    At one time early in his development Lake was considered to have a higher ceiling than Starlin Castro. Heard that this morning from Gordon Whitmeyer who follows the cubs.

  5. bigmeechy74 - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    I’ve decided that all I care about in players is their hitting ability. I don’t give a crap if they have “a good glove.” So as a Cubs fan, if he lacks hitting discipline then I’m not too excited. I want hitters. I would rather have a bunch of lead footed guys that can mash than have a bunch of brendan ryan’s.

  6. turdfurgerson68 - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Why does this information warrant a posting??

    Talk about a slow day at HBT…Jeez.

    • braddavery - Jul 19, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      Apparently you have no clue what HBT even means.

  7. redux23 - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    guy has a great baseball name – hopefully he lives up to it

  8. 13arod - Jul 19, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    jcmeyer10 he had a big celling he was supposed to be the next starlin castro he hit the heck out of the ball in single-a and everybody at the staduim loved him because he was a nice guy and everybody wanted his autograph

  9. txraiderfan - Jul 19, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Great arm and a suspect bat. That’s always been the rap on him. He can play almost any position fairly well, and could probably pitch better than some. Why not give him a chance? It’s not like the Cubs are going anywhere this year!

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