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Portrait of Junior Lake

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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 24)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
1 .241 0 0 0 0 .241 0.0
Birth Date3-27-1990
Height6' 3"
Weight215 lbs
Age24 years, 6 months, 25 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
2011
2012
1.52013
-0.32014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2013 CHN 23 64 254 236 26 67 16 0 6 101 13 68 4 0 1 16 4 4 .284 .332 .428 .280 14.0 -0.2 1.5
2014 CHN 24 108 326 308 30 65 10 3 9 108 14 110 1 2 1 25 7 3 .211 .246 .351 .223 -4.4 1.8 -0.3
Career17258054456132263152092717852241117.243.284.384.2489.71.61.2

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2007 dcu Rk 62 249 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .341 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 CUB Rk 47 185 .278 .267 .353 .394 .270 .371 100 3.9 5.9 2.1 6.7 0.5 14.3 2.0 14.3 2.0
2009 PEO A 131 491 .242 .257 .330 .374 .259 .335 104 -9.3 14.3 2.9 -1.3 3.7 12.3 1.1 12.3 1.1
2010 DAY A+ 120 447 .282 .255 .323 .372 .261 .323 90 10.3 12.6 5.3 7.6 -2.0 26.7 3.5 26.7 3.5
2011 DAY A+ 49 216 .286 .272 .333 .400 .259 .384 97 6.4 6.5 3 9.9 3.3 19.3 2.9 19.3 2.9
2011 TEN AA 67 262 .229 .261 .332 .401 .252 .307 115 -8.9 7.7 3.5 4.0 3.2 8.0 1.2 8.0 1.2
2011 EST Wnt 2 8 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .400 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 TEN AA 103 448 .281 .251 .330 .374 .260 .353 101 9.6 12.4 4.2 1.3 -0.4 23.5 2.6 23.5 2.6
2012 EST Wnt 44 175 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .413 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 CHN MLB 64 254 .280 .247 .309 .380 .250 .377 105 4.9 6.7 -0.5 -0.2 0.2 14.0 1.5 14.0 1.5
2013 IOW AAA 40 170 .287 .254 .331 .387 .262 .347 95 5 4.9 0.3 1.9 1.9 10.2 1.2 10.2 1.2
2014 CHN MLB 108 326 .223 .250 .311 .387 .262 .293 98 -11.3 8.4 -0.8 1.8 0.8 -4.4 -0.3 -4.4 -0.3
2014 IOW AAA 14 71 .291 .272 .343 .435 .271 .312 99 2.5 2.1 -0.3 -0.7 0.4 4.2 0.4 4.2 0.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2007 dcu Rk 249 41 61 16 2 3 30 16 53 9 3 .274 .337 .404 .130 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 CUB Rk 185 24 48 4 6 2 23 13 42 12 2 .286 .341 .417 .131 .278 14.3 6.7 2.0
2009 PEO A 491 71 115 19 7 7 42 18 138 10 7 .248 .277 .365 .117 .242 12.3 -1.3 1.1
2010 DAY A+ 447 56 104 18 4 9 46 35 99 13 9 .264 .329 .398 .135 .282 26.7 7.6 3.5
2011 TEN AA 262 41 60 10 2 6 17 13 60 19 2 .248 .300 .380 .132 .229 8.0 4.0 1.2
2011 DAY A+ 216 39 64 11 4 6 34 6 49 19 4 .315 .336 .498 .182 .286 19.3 9.9 2.9
2011 EST Wnt 8 4 3 0 0 1 1 1 1 3 0 .429 .500 .857 .429 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 EST Wnt 175 23 48 8 1 5 24 15 46 11 3 .312 .382 .474 .162 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 TEN AA 448 56 113 26 3 10 50 35 105 21 12 .279 .341 .432 .153 .281 23.5 1.3 2.6
2013 IOW AAA 170 30 46 10 2 4 18 10 33 14 5 .295 .341 .462 .167 .287 10.2 1.9 1.2
2013 CHN MLB 254 26 67 16 0 6 16 13 68 4 4 .284 .332 .428 .144 .280 14.0 -0.2 1.5
2014 IOW AAA 71 11 17 3 0 2 7 6 15 2 1 .262 .324 .400 .138 .291 4.2 -0.7 0.4
2014 CHN MLB 326 30 65 10 3 9 25 14 110 7 3 .211 .246 .351 .140 .223 -4.4 1.8 -0.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2013 982 0.4491 0.5010 0.6640 0.6825 0.3512 0.8073 0.4368 0.3320
2014 1229 0.4744 0.5749 0.6133 0.7547 0.4118 0.7750 0.3459 0.3810
Career22110.46320.54210.63580.72260.38490.78930.38630.3592

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-04-05 2013-06-06 Minors 62 0 Right Trunk Recovery From Stress Fracture Rib - -
2013-03-07 2013-03-15 Camp 8 0 Right Trunk Stress Fracture Rib - -
2012-04-05 2012-05-06 Minors 31 30 - Low Back Strain - -
2011-07-10 2011-07-24 Minors 14 12 Right Shoulder Strain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 CHN $502,500
2013 CHN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
2011Current$502,500
1 yrTotal$502,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 73 d1 year/$0.5025M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5025M (2014). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/3/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/4/13.
  • 2012. Contract purchased by Chicago Cubs 11/18/11.
  • Signed by Chicago Cubs 2008 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 566 80 150 33 2 14 58 31 141 28 10 .288 .333 .442 .283 27.0 LF 0, CF -1 2.8
80o 545 74 138 30 2 13 53 28 140 26 9 .274 .317 .419 .270 18.8 LF 0, CF -1 1.9
70o 529 70 129 28 2 12 50 26 138 24 9 .263 .305 .402 .260 13.3 LF 0, CF -1 1.3
60o 516 67 121 26 2 11 47 25 137 23 8 .254 .295 .388 .251 8.8 LF 0, CF -1 0.8
50o 504 64 116 25 2 11 44 24 135 22 8 .245 .286 .375 .243 4.8 LF 0, CF -1 0.4
40o 492 61 109 24 2 10 42 22 134 20 7 .237 .277 .362 .235 0.9 LF 0, CF -1 0.0
30o 479 57 103 22 2 10 39 21 132 19 7 .228 .267 .349 .227 -3.0 LF 0, CF -1 -0.4
20o 463 54 94 20 1 9 37 19 130 18 6 .218 .255 .333 .217 -7.3 LF 0, CF -1 -0.9
10o 442 49 84 18 1 8 33 17 127 16 6 .203 .239 .310 .203 -12.7 LF 0, CF -1 -1.5
Weighted Mean50965118262114524136228.249.290.381.2476.5LF 0, CF -10.6

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
2% 28% 12% 23% 59%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201525390438820111442110617.243.292.392.2511.010.00.7-0.414.9-5.3-0.9
201626404438920110422210917.237.285.372.2430.44.70.7-0.514.9-10.4-0.9
2017276356614034214662916626.237.278.370.2430.44.90.9-0.914.9-10.0-1.5
2018284855410826113542812920.243.294.395.2551.211.70.5-0.914.9-2.9-1.1
2019296296914332215683516525.246.294.385.2500.77.90.3-1.314.9-6.0-1.5
2020306186614031214653216223.244.288.378.2470.55.8-0.0-1.414.9-7.7-1.4
2021316026312727113603315921.229.278.352.239-0.10.6-0.2-1.614.9-12.6-1.4
2022326346914029215663717021.239.290.371.2440.22.9-0.6-1.814.9-9.6-1.5
2023336076613428214633615720.239.291.369.2450.23.3-0.7-1.914.9-9.0-1.4

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
75.83.714.11.421.6

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 74)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 81 Luke Hughes 2009 .000 DNP
2 80 Josh Fields 2007 .261
3 80 Joel Guzman 2009 .000 DNP
4 80 Josh Bell 2011 .157
5 79 Danny Valencia 2009 .000 DNP
6 79 Russell Mitchell 2009 .000 DNP
7 79 Brent Morel 2011 .243
8 79 Jimmy Paredes 2013 .189
9 79 Wes Hodges 2009 .000 DNP
10 78 Ian Stewart 2009 .266
11 78 Allen Craig 2009 .000 DNP
12 78 Ryan Wheeler 2013 .173
13 77 Josh Rutledge 2013 .229
14 77 Peter Bourjos 2011 .278
15 76 Felix Pie 2009 .252
16 76 Marquez Smith 2009 .000 DNP
17 76 Alex Liddi 2013 .087
18 76 Aaron Cunningham 2010 .274
19 76 Adam Duvall 2013 .000 DNP
20 76 Matthew Brown 2007 .163
21 76 Shin-Soo Choo 2007 .293
22 76 Vinnie Catricala 2013 .000 DNP
23 75 Ian Desmond 2010 .262
24 75 Brandon Laird 2012 .262
25 75 Starling Marte 2013 .286
26 75 Zack Cox 2013 .000 DNP
27 75 Will Middlebrooks 2013 .240
28 74 Nate Schierholtz 2008 .291
29 74 Chris Dominguez 2011 .000 DNP
30 74 Moises Sierra 2013 .308
31 74 Scott Moore 2008 .223
32 74 Franklin Gutierrez 2007 .270
33 74 Joe Leonard 2013 .000 DNP
34 74 Matt Tuiasosopo 2010 .205
35 74 Danny Espinosa 2011 .267
36 74 Josh Kroeger 2007 .000 DNP
37 74 Steffan Wilson 2010 .000 DNP
38 74 Chad Tracy 2010 .000 DNP
39 74 Fernando Martinez 2013 .186
40 74 Cameron Maybin 2011 .270
41 73 Justin Bloxom 2012 .000 DNP
42 73 Andy Marte 2008 .205
43 73 Austin Jackson 2011 .244
44 73 Nick Evans 2010 .274
45 73 Wilkin Ramirez 2010 .000 DNP
46 73 Michael Saunders 2011 .163
47 73 Joe Mahoney 2011 .000 DNP
48 73 Wladimir Balentien 2009 .249
49 73 Scott Cousins 2009 .000 DNP
50 73 Zoilo Almonte 2013 .223
51 73 Stefen Romero 2013 .000 DNP
52 72 Kyle Reynolds 2008 .000 DNP
53 72 Sean Rodriguez 2009 .234
54 72 Tony Thomas 2011 .000 DNP
55 72 Donald Lutz 2013 .196
56 72 Grant Green 2012 .000 DNP
57 72 Jeremy Moore 2011 .079
58 72 Justin Maxwell 2008 .000 DNP
59 72 Jairo Perez 2012 .000 DNP
60 72 Tyler Townsend 2012 .000 DNP
61 72 Jason Donald 2009 .000 DNP
62 72 Mike Zuanich 2011 .000 DNP
63 72 Matt Den Dekker 2012 .000 DNP
64 72 Brett Wallace 2011 .246
65 71 Mat Gamel 2010 .200
66 71 Leonard Davis 2008 .000 DNP
67 71 Travis Mattair 2013 .000 DNP
68 71 Quincy Latimore 2013 .000 DNP
69 71 Trayvon Robinson 2012 .259
70 71 Todd Frazier 2010 .000 DNP
71 71 Cody Haerther 2008 .000 DNP
72 71 Carlos Gonzalez 2010 .331
73 71 Lonnie Chisenhall 2013 .251
74 71 Brandon Crawford 2011 .213
75 71 Nate Tenbrink 2011 .000 DNP
76 71 Jeremie Tice 2011 .000 DNP
77 71 Gorkys Hernandez 2012 .210
78 71 Erik Morrison 2010 .000 DNP
79 71 C.J. Retherford 2010 .000 DNP
80 71 Brian Mc Fall 2008 .000 DNP
81 71 Stephen Drew 2007 .239
82 71 Josh Whitaker 2013 .000 DNP
83 71 Bryan LaHair 2007 .000 DNP
84 71 Jeremy Hazelbaker 2012 .000 DNP
85 71 Rhyne Hughes 2008 .000 DNP
86 71 Jason Kipnis 2011 .291
87 71 Tommy Mendonca 2012 .000 DNP
88 71 Juan Lagares 2013 .232
89 71 Daniel Carroll 2013 .000 DNP
90 71 Josh Harrison 2012 .238
91 70 Josh Reddick 2011 .281
92 70 Nick Ciolli 2012 .000 DNP
93 70 Jason Martinson 2013 .000 DNP
94 70 Brandon Moss 2008 .252
95 70 Steven Hill 2009 .000 DNP
96 70 Cody Puckett 2011 .000 DNP
97 70 Roger Kieschnick 2011 .000 DNP
98 70 Ronnie Welty 2012 .000 DNP
99 70 David Lough 2010 .000 DNP
100 70 Charlie Culberson 2013 .236

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .377 .415 .541 .337
11 vs R (Multi) .251 .303 .389 .258
18 Split (Multi) -.126 -.112 -.152 -.079
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .377 .415 .541 .337
31 vs R (2013) .251 .303 .389 .258
38 Split (2013) -.126 -.112 -.152 -.079
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 There's no truth to the rumor that Kevin Goldstein left Baseball Prospectus for a major-league job just to keep people from asking him about Lake. And by "no truth" we mean "some truth"—some Cubs fans are excited about Lake well out of proportion to his abilities. He has a lot of tools. The question is whether he can deploy them in the majors. His offense took great steps forward at Double-A in 2012, but he still has problems with strikeouts, and his bat isn't ready for the majors. Whether Lake can stick at shortstop is an important question that remains to be answered.
2011 Young Dominican Junior Lake boasts a tremendous throwing arm and made big strides with his approach at the plate, but he's error-prone and might outgrow short, and needs to keep developing at the plate to profile well at third.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)Better hit tools and plate approach: Junior Lake or Steven Moya?
(Nick from Illinois)
This is actually a pretty apt comparison. I'll take Lake, though. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-05-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty league you like CJ Cron, Justin Smoak or Junior Lake more? And what about just this season?
(Rick from Hoffa)
Ugh, if I have to pick one it's probably Cron, but I"m not happy about it. (Bret Sayre)
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has Junior Lake completed his transformation back into a pumpkin, or is there more squash-like behavior in his future?
(Ratcatcher from RDU)
I thought Parks had a good take on him a few days ago. He's obviously a big talent, but the nuance aspects aren't there. My guess is he'll disappoint Cubs fans this year. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Alfonso Soriano recently dropped a 40/40 potential on Junior Lake. Crazy yes, but what do you see his peak as?
(dastard from on)
Yes, that is crazy. 15/15 seems more reasonable, and I worry that Lake is going to get pushed aside by the tidal wave of Cubs prospects who will be on the scene sooner rather than later. (Mike Gianella)
2014-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Junior Lake was listed #10 on BP's Cubs under 25 ahead of Vogelbach, Candelario, etc. This surprised me. Do you believe in him in any way shape or form?
(Dave M from Tampa)
Not a long-term believer. I don't believe in the hit tool or the approach. (Ronit Shah)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I seem to remember people being high on Junior Lake a couple years ago and now I am hearing to reserve excitement about him... What should we expect of him in the coming years in Chicago?
(eddiegaedel from LA)
He'll flash all the tools at you, and that makes him an exciting prospect. But he's had trouble putting them together with consistency and bringing them into full game utility. The lacking approach has been a factor in that, even though the bat speed is a lot of fun to watch. I agree with those who say tap the brakes a bit. However, there is raw talent and potential. (Jason Cole)
2013-08-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Long term prognosis for Junior Lake & Khris Davis ?
(Bob from Milwaukee)
Lake for me. (Paul Sporer)
2013-08-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Harry, Your thoughts on Junior Lake's year and do you think he starts next year or reverts to the bench ?
(Kyle from Milwaukee)
I think I can handle him playing regularly in the OF. He's got some fun tools, some major flaws and a lack of refined baseball skills. 2015 is the bigger question mark, assuming Lake is what I think he is and the guys in the minors show up on time. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-07-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Callups today: Chris Colabello and Junior Lake. Fliers or bench fodder?
(RotoLando from Cloud City)
Really depends on league, but needs to be pretty deep for either. (Paul Sporer)
2013-07-12 19:30:00 (link to chat)How prospecty is Junior Lake? Does he get a cup of coffee this year and what is his most likely role?
(Esteban from Indiana)
Can contribute, and isn't the type of prospect you worry about starting the clock on. So, the Cubs could give him time with the big club in 2013. 4th OF for me, but there are evaluators that really like him as a potential everyday guy. (Nick Faleris on Draft Signing Day)
2013-02-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Staying on the Cubs - is Junior Lake in any way, shape, or form an option for them at 3rd base? I've heard he's been working there, and with the Stewart injury and overall uselessness I say, why not - you say?
(Theo Backer from Chi-town)
I don't see Lake as a long-term regular, but injuries and other circumstances might conspire to give him a chance at some point this year. He didn't exactly dominate Double-A last year, though, so I'd temper short-term expectations. (Daniel Rathman)
2010-08-20 15:30:00 (link to chat)Should i be excited about Cubs' high-A SS Junior Lake? he's supposedly high on tools, but was absolutely putrid at the plate for his first year and a half of full-season ball. But around midseason something seemed to click (i've heard rumors of new stance) and he's been putting up great numbers since then as a 20-year-old shortstop in the bad-for-batting FSL. Also, if he is legit, can he stick at SS?
(chigurh from texas)
There's definitely SOMETHING there, no question. Great tools, even here in the Midwest League last year when his numbers stunk. He has problems with anything that's not a fastball, but remains intriguing. (Kevin Goldstein)


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