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21 Junior Lake LF
Height/Weight: 6-3/215 | Birthdate: 3/27/1990 | Birthplace: San Pedro de Macoris, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 8/2 | Average Draft Position: 258.40
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Cubs add seven as rosters expand


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) The Cubs added seven players to their expanded roster Tuesday, the team announced.

The team called up pitchers Brian Schlitter, Dan Straily, Arodys Vizcaino and Zac Rosscup , along with outfielder Junior Lake , while selecting the contracts of pitcher Eric Jokisch and catcher Rafael Lopez from Triple-A Iowa. 


Junior Lake optioned to the minors Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Cubs outfielder Junior Lake has been optioned to Triple-A Friday.

Lake opened the season as a starter, but struggled out of the gate. Over 291 at-bats, he's hit .216/.243/.364. Lake stressed a need for regular at-bats, and should get those in the minors. 


Cubs might demote Junior Lake or Mike Olt to Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) In order to keep Arismendy Alcantara on the roster, the Cubs might be faced with a difficult decision to to demote outfielder Junior Lake or infielder Mike Olt, who are both struggling offensively, to Triple-A Iowa, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"I don’t want to speculate on any of that," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Saturday. "They’ve been working hard. They stay positive, and they’ve been handling it extremely well. One of the things I try to talk to them about is not to focus so much on the results. I want them to focus on the at-bat."


Junior Lake returns Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Cubs outfielder Junior Lake has returned to the team's starting lineup Saturday.

Lake is dealing with head and knee issues after running into the wall a few days ago. Lake has returned, and will hit leadoff against the Nationals Saturday. Lake is hitting .239/.269/.420 over 226 at-bats.


Junior Lake a no-go for Friday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Head and knee contusions sustained when he collided with an oufield wall Thursday has Cubs left fielder Junior Lake absent from the Friday lineup against Washington.

Lake passed a concussion test and is not expected to miss significant time. He has been struggling a bit with just seven hits in his last 32 at-bats.


Junior Lake escapes collision without major injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Cubs outfielder Junior Lake escaped his collision with the outfield wall Thursday without much more than a few bruises, according to MLB.com.

Lake hit the a door in the outfield while diving for a catch, but appears to have avoided serious injury. He was tested for a concussion following the game and showed no symptoms. He walked off the field without assistance, though it is not clear if he is expected to miss any time moving forward. 


Junior Lake exits after hitting wall


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Cubs outfielder Junior Lake left Thursday's game against the Nationals in the second inning, after colliding with the wall in right field.

Lake walked off the field under his own power, after his left hand and head hit a door in the outfield fence. At this point, the nature and extent of the injury are not yet known. 


Junior Lake benched again Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Left fielder Junior Lake has apparently not yet gained the full confidence of Rick Renteria. He is out of the lineup for the second straight game Friday in favor of Chris Coghlan. There has been no word of a physical problem that would be keeping Lake sidelined.

Lake hasn't gone into long droughts for the Cubs, but has been on the whole unproductive since late May. He has 14 hits in 80 at-bats since May 23 as his average has fallen from .280 to .236. His on-base percentage of .265 and ridiculous 75 strikeouts in 212 at-bats are certainly a concern.


Junior Lake out of Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Cubs left fielder Junior Lake has been given the day off for the afternoon game in Miami. Chris Coghlan is set to man the position.

Lake has been performing well recently. He has hit safely in eight of the last 10 games and has scored eight runs during that stretch.


Junior Lake smacks ninth home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Cubs outfielder Junior Lake went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 6-5 loss to the Marlins Tuesday.

Lake has struggled to make contact this season and shown a poor batting eye while posting a 75:9 K:BB ratio, but he has shown some power and speed, collecting nine home runs, 25 RBI and seven stolen bases. He has hit .236/.265/.429 in 212 at-bats.


Junior Lake gets the call Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Cubs outfielder Junior Lake will get the start Saturday against the Phillies.

Lake will hit leadoff and play center. He received an off-day Friday, but it wasn't related to injuries. Lake is hitting .242/.273/.434 over 198 at-bats.


Junior Lake belts eighth home run in win over Miami


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Cubs outfielder Junior Lake belted his eighth home run of the season in his team's 5-2 victory over the Marlins on Saturday.

Lake took starter Randy Wolf deep for a two-run home run in the fifth inning. He added a single and finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI. He is hitting .244 with 23 RBI in 180 at-bats.

Junior Lake out of Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Cubs slumping outfielder Junior Lake has been receiving more frequent days off - and the Wednesday night clash against the visiting Mets is another one.

Lake has just three hits in his last 32 at-bats. His average has fallen from .271 to .244 over the last five games.


Junior Lake sitting on Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Cubs left fielder Junior Lake, who has been consistent and productive at the plate in recent weeks, will not have a chance to continue those trends Wednesday unless used as a pinch-hitter. He is out of the lineup for the afternoon game in San Francisco.

Lake has hit safely in seven of his last eight games. He has 11 hits in 34 at-bats during that stretch to sweeten his stat line to .271/.301/.472. But his strikeout rate is among the worst in baseball. He has fanned 52 times in 144 at-bats.


Junior Lake gets a break


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2014) Cubs outfielder Junior Lake was not in the starting lineup Saturday.

Lake will be replaced by Chris Coghlan in left field. Lake has performed well lately, racking up six hits over his last four games. He's hitting .255 in 110 at-bats.


Junior Lake drives in six in blowout win vs. Cardinals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Cubs outfielder Junior Lake went 3 for 6 with a home run and a career-high six RBI in his team's 17-5 win over the Cardinals Monday.

Lake clubbed a three-run home run in the second inning before driving in another run with a double in the fourth. He capped his big performance with a two-run double in the ninth inning. Lake has hit .255/.282/.456 with four home runs, 14 RBI and four stolen bases in 98 at-bats.


Junior Lake makes big splash in win over Cardinals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) Cubs outfielder Junior Lake keyed a second consecutive defeat of St. Louis on Saturday.

Lake, who had two hits and scored twice in his last start against Cincinnati, added a single, double and home run in Game 2 of this series. His two-run blast in the sixth put his team ahead to stay.

He has raised his average from .206 to .250 in the last two starts.


Junior Lake starting in left Saturday for Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) Junior Lake is in the lineup for the Cubs on Saturday against the visiting Cardinals. He is set to play left and bat seventh.

Lake is destined for steady work with Ryan Sweeney dispatched to the disabled list. He is batting .217 with only four RBI and seven runs in 69 at-bats.


Junior Lake treading water offensively


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) Cubs outfielder Junior Lake ended a 4-for-29 slump with a 2-for-5 performance Wednesday at Cincinnati. He had one double and two runs.

Lake hasn't homered in 12 games and has just one RBI in that span. Lake didn't perform all that well in the first month of the season, batting .221 with two home runs and four RBI. He struck out 30 times and just drew three walks in 23 games.


Junior Lake homers off Adam Wainwright in defeat


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Cubs left-fielder Junior Lake has just three hits since April 3, but the last two have been home runs. In fact, he left off the game Saturday with a blast off none other than St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright.

Lake went hitless in his last three at-bats and is batting .231 with 11 strikeouts in 26 at-bats on the year.


Junior Lake goes deep for first time


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014)  Cubs outfielder Junior Lake hit his first home run of the season Wednesday, in a 7-5 win over the Pirates.

Lake clubbed a solo home run into left field for his lone hit of the game, though he also added an RBI groundout in the sixth inning. He finished the game 1 for 4 with two RBI, while striking out once in the win.

Lake is hitting .273 through his first eight games of the season, though he had yet to drive in a run prior to Wednesday's game. He is hitting .273/.333/.500 in 22 at-bats. 


Junior Lake swats three homers vs. A's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Cubs outfielder Junior Lake came up big on Sunday, slugging three homers in his final three at-bats of 10-6 win over Oakland in Cactus League play.

Lake launched a three-run home run in the sixth, a two-run shot in the seventh, and a solo shot in the ninth inning. He finished 3 for 5 with three runs scored and six RBI. He is hitting .250 with three homers and nine RBI over 40 at-bats.

Cubs bring Junior Lake's winter ball season to an end


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/15/2013) According to the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs shut down outfielder Junior Lake, bringing him back from his stint in the Dominican Winter League. The team used a "fatigue clause" to pull Lake from the winter league, ending his season after 27 games.

Lake followed up his rookie campaign, in which he hit .284 with six home runs in 64 games, by leading the winter league with a .343 batting average.


Junior Lake gets start against righty


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/16/2013) Though he has typically sat against right-handers since losing his everyday role Sept. 1, Cubs outfielder Junior Lake was in the lineup for Monday's game against Brewers' righty Wily Peralta in Milwaukee, bumping Brian Bogusevic to the bench. Three of Lake's previous four starts had come against lefties.

Lake, a rookie, is batting .277 with a .764 OPS against righties compared to .393 with a .957 OPS against lefties.


Junior Lake sitting Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2013) Cubs outfielder Junior Lake is not in the team's starting lineup Friday against the Pirates.

Ryan Sweeney and Brian Bogusevic will start in the outfield, leaving Lake as the odd man out. He's hitting .312/.354/.472 in 199 at-bats.