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Junior Lake 2013 Outlook

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Any word on this character? Three hits and an SB in his debut for Cubs last night.

Worth keeping an eye on?

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I'm keeping an eye on him. That OF is a mess right now with injuries and the Cubs are looking toward the future. He could be a part of their future. It'll be interesting to see if him or Sappelt goes down when DeJesus returns. If Sappelt goes down, I'm taking Lake in my NL only. He has decent speed. He's not an extraordinary prospect, but he is underrated IMO. I'm watching the Cubs situation. He could be helpful to owners in deep leagues looking for some steals in the second half.

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The 3B eligibility could come in handy. SBs from the hot corner are few and far between.

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Wish I would've scooped him in my NL-Only last night, now I'll have to bid a few dollars more.

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He's listed as a SS but played 3B mainly in AAA and can play throughout the OF, so there's a chance that within a month he could become super-utility. Good prospect, but not great. Probably for deep leagues only.

As a Cubs fan though, he was fun to watch last night. definitely keeping my eye on him.

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Lake played mostly SS through the minors, but was so erratic with just about everything that he moved to some 3rd and some OF this year. The best descriptor that I can tell you about Lake is that he's always been a Jeckyll/Hyde kind of player, and maybe one of the most frustrating players to evaluate. The tools are there for him to be successful, but can he become consistent enough to do it? I don't know.

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Interesting analysis so far. He's a definite NL-only play so far, mixed is a wait & see for sure.

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Posted · Hidden by The Harsh, July 21, 2013 - No reason given · Report post

Is he a dynasty league add?

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Posted · Hidden by The Harsh, July 21, 2013 - No reason given · Report post

Is he a dynasty league add?

Depends on the depth of the league. I'd probably still take a wait and see attitude. Many project Lake as more of a utility player then an everyday player, so it all depends on how he plays.

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Career .732 OPS in the minors. Pretty terrible BB/K/ Meh, I'll pass.

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He's only up right now because dejesus is on DL. He could be sent back down in a week. That said, if he plays well, he could stick, but the playing would probably be an issue.

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He will easily stay up over multiple cubs outfielders (Borbon, Sappelt) if he were to play well throughout his time. Explosive athlete but bad approach.

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He will easily stay up over multiple cubs outfielders (Borbon, Sappelt) if he were to play well throughout his time. Explosive athlete but bad approach.

Definitely spots open for him. Schierholtz is also more than likely getting moved. I was thinking Cesar Hernandez would eventually be my cheap NL only speed but this guy end up being it. I think he made a lot of good impressions yesterday with Sveum saying that this was the first player called up during his tenure that has actually looked like a major league player. Not going to get into the slap in face that was for all the other guys lol

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2 run homer today. I think I am going to take him in my FAAB bids. He could be one of the unheralded prospects that turns out to be great in deeper leagues. Like a Josh Rutledge, Wade Miley, or Mike Fiers from last year.

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Lake is an absolute tool shed, but hasn't learned to utilize them. He flashes brilliance but then follows it up with an at bat where you wonder how he's a professional ball player. For example, back when he was in A+ ball in Daytona a scout talked about how Lake had the best arm in the league. That included not only the position players, but the pitchers as well. This year he has begun to drastically improve his plate discipline and that has made him a more consistent player. It's tremendously unlikely, but if he ever fully taps into those tools than he could become a very valuable player.

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He looks a lot bigger to me now than he did in the AFL Rising Stars Game. He's filled out quite a bit.

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I saw his first CS, it was ugly.

Just checked the box scores, see he has another CS, but an otherwise nice stat line, and they plugged him in the leadoff spot.

I don't really follow the cubs, but for a while there, they have been having Valbuena leadoff, so he might be a better option there.

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Where does he play once Dejesus gets back?

That's the issue with him. I'd expect at least one of DeJesus, Schierholtz, or Soriano is traded. If that happens, he would then have a job for this year to show what he could do. When DeJesus comes back, either Lake or Sappelt will go to the minors, and that seems to be likely Sappelt at this point with Lake being pushed to a 4th OF role while they try to trade an outfielder. They also have the option though of moving Lake to 3B and get him playing time. He isn't a long term answer there with Bryant coming, but they could stick him there for the year and then clear a spot for him this offseason if if he does good.

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