Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:20:34 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Mike Olt and OF Junior Lake are receiving starts against a right-handed pitcher Thursday, April 10. Manager Rick Renteria explained the move because of the fact that Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole has similar splits against righties and lefties. "These are two young players who we're going to try to get them as much playing time as we can," Renteria said of Olt and Lake. "We're trying to find spots that can give them an opportunity to gain some confidence." OFs Ryan Sweeney and Nate Schierholtz are batting .174 and .118 respectively against righties this year.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:19:31 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Junior Lake and 3B Mike Olt haven't started against a right-handed pitcher through seven games this year. Lake is frustrated by his lack of playing time and feels that he's pressing because he's only facing lefty hurlers. General manager Jed Hoyer said the matchups that two of the right-handed pitchers they've faced are power-sinker types that did better against righty bats than lefties.
Fantasy Tip: It may require patience, but now is probably a good time to stash Lake if he has been dropped. He was hitting above his head last year, but part of it was justified because he made so much hard contact. He's a burgeoning source of power and speed that could make a bigger dent for fantasy lineups as the summer.
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:33:21 -0800
Chicago Cubs OF Nate Schierholtz (undisclosed) was sent home from camp Friday, Feb. 21, after colliding with OF Junior Lake.
Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:43:21 -0800
Chicago Cubs OF Junior Lake could receive some playing time at third base during spring training. Lake probably will also receive playing time at center field and left field.
Sun, 15 Dec 2013 11:53:38 -0800
The Chicago Cubs have invoked a "fatigue" clause to shut down OF Junior Lake for the remainder of the Dominican Winter League season. He led the league with a .343 batting average and ranked sixth in slugging percentage (.457) and OPS (.843) through 27 games.
Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:32:09 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said OF Junior Lake is basically an everyday player despite his recent cold streak.
Fantasy Tip: Lake swings and misses too often to carry a high batting average, and it'll be a while before he can improve his plate patience. The power and speed are there, but keep in mind you'll likely endure rough stretches to get it.
Tue, 23 Jul 2013 09:00:06 -0700
Chicago Cubs INF Junior Lake went 4-for-5 Monday, July 22, and is 9-for-17 since being brought up from Triple-A Iowa Friday, July 19.
Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:28:07 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF David DeJesus (shoulder) is working out in Mesa, Ariz., and may play in Rookie League games this week. He could be activated from the disabled list next week if all goes well.
Fantasy Tip: He'd likely make Junior Lake's stay a short one, as Muskat notes. DeJesus is strictly an NL-only and very deep-mixed commodity.
Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:25:03 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Junior Lake is expected to be promoted from Triple-A Iowa in time for this weekend's games. He's expected to replace OF Brian Bogusevic (hamstring), who aggravated a hamstring injury he originally suffered on July 4.
Fantasy Tip: Lake is a solid prospect who has posted a .295/.341/.462 slash line with 14 steals in 40 games for the I-Cubs in 2013. It's not certain that he'll get playing time, but the former middle infielder has been playing at third base and in right field this season. He warrants a look in NL-only leagues, but he's not expected to be around for long.
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:13:46 -0700
Chicago Cubs INF Junior Lake (shoulder) is out with a stress fracture to the top rip on his right side. Lake will be out four to six weeks.