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Junior Lake LF

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
12 703 .235 .278 .376 69 -0.5
Birth Date3-27-1990
Height6' 2"
Weight230 lbs
Age29 years, 8 months, 17 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2013 CHN 23 64 254 67 16 0 6 13 68 4 4 4 .284 .332 .428 82 -4.8 0.2 2.2 0.4
2014 CHN 24 108 326 65 10 3 9 14 110 1 7 3 .211 .246 .351 62 -13.1 0.8 1.9 -0.3
2015 BAL 25 8 22 3 3 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 .136 .136 .273 55 -1.1 0.9 -0.9 -0.1
2015 CHN 25 21 62 13 4 0 1 4 20 0 4 0 .224 .274 .345 56 -2.9 -0.5 -0.4 -0.3
2016 TOR 26 22 39 7 3 0 1 4 11 0 1 0 .200 .282 .371 75 -1.1 0.3 -1.8 -0.2
Career22370315536317352185167.235.278.37669-23.01.60.9-0.5

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2007 dcu Rk DSL 62 249 .000 .000 .000 .341 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 CUB Rk AZL 47 185 .267 .353 .394 .371 100 3.9 5.9 2.1 96 0 8.5 0.5 -18.3 -0.1
2009 PEO A MDW 131 491 .257 .330 .374 .335 104 -9.3 14.3 2.9 76 0 -0.7 3.7 -12.4 0.8
2010 DAY A+ FSL 120 447 .255 .323 .372 .323 91 10.2 12.6 5.3 108 0 15.9 -2.0 3.4 3.6
2011 DAY A+ FSL 49 216 .272 .333 .400 .384 96 6.3 6.5 3 117 0 10.1 3.3 3.4 2.6
2011 TEN AA SOU 67 262 .261 .332 .401 .307 114 -9 7.7 3.5 79 0 6.4 3.2 -4.9 1.6
2011 EST Wnt DWL 2 8 .000 .000 .000 .400 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 TEN AA SOU 103 448 .251 .330 .374 .353 101 9.3 12.4 4.2 115 0 -0.5 -0.4 7.8 2.5
2012 EST Wnt DWL 44 175 .000 .000 .000 .413 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 CHN MLB NL 64 254 .247 .309 .380 .377 105 4.9 6.7 -0.5 82 8 2.2 0.2 -4.8 0.4
2013 IOW AAA PCL 40 170 .254 .331 .387 .347 94 5.1 4.9 0.3 110 0 0.3 1.9 0.4 0.8
2014 CHN MLB NL 108 326 .250 .311 .387 .293 100 -12 8.4 -0.8 62 7 1.9 0.8 -13.1 -0.3
2014 IOW AAA PCL 14 71 .272 .343 .435 .313 96 2.9 2.1 -0.3 104 0 -1.9 0.4 -0.1 0.0
2015 BAL MLB AL 8 22 .274 .331 .434 .231 107 -2 0.6 -0.2 55 16 -0.9 0.9 -1.1 -0.1
2015 CHN MLB NL 21 62 .244 .303 .381 .324 93 -2 1.7 -0.5 56 16 -0.4 -0.5 -2.9 -0.3
2015 IOW AAA PCL 58 231 .266 .325 .397 .396 88 14.9 6.4 -2.3 147 0 6.3 -2.9 7.2 1.5
2015 NOR AAA INT 15 61 .253 .315 .361 .429 96 4.1 1.7 -0.4 127 0 -0.3 -0.7 0.8 0.1
2015 EST Wnt DWL 29 125 .000 .000 .000 .343 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2016 TOR MLB AL 22 39 .269 .331 .452 .261 108 -0.8 1.1 -0.4 75 11 -1.8 0.3 -1.1 -0.2
2016 BUF AAA INT 82 318 .251 .317 .377 .295 101 -5.5 8.9 -1.7 91 0 -2.1 0.2 -6.7 -0.1
2016 EST Wnt DWL 48 198 .000 .000 .000 .317 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 PAW AAA INT 19 65 .254 .318 .383 .357 99 -2.1 1.9 -0.3 72 0 -0.2 -0.3 -1.8 -0.1
2017 REY AAA MEX 41 186 .000 .000 .000 .314 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2019 TIJ AAA MEX 114 507 .000 .000 .000 .348 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2007 dcu Rk DSL 249 223 41 61 16 2 3 90 30 16 53 9 3 .274 .337 .404 .130 3 3
2008 CUB Rk AZL 185 168 24 48 4 6 2 70 23 13 42 12 2 .286 .341 .417 .131 0 0
2009 PEO A MDW 491 463 71 115 19 7 7 169 42 18 138 10 7 .248 .277 .365 .117 4 4
2010 DAY A+ FSL 447 394 56 104 18 4 9 157 46 35 99 13 9 .264 .329 .398 .135 8 8
2011 EST Wnt DWL 8 7 4 3 0 0 1 6 1 1 1 3 0 .429 .500 .857 .429 0 0
2011 DAY A+ FSL 216 203 39 64 11 4 6 101 34 6 49 19 4 .315 .336 .498 .182 3 2
2011 TEN AA SOU 262 242 41 60 10 2 6 92 17 13 60 19 2 .248 .300 .380 .132 0 2
2012 TEN AA SOU 448 405 56 113 26 3 10 175 50 35 105 21 12 .279 .341 .432 .153 2 2
2012 EST Wnt DWL 175 154 23 48 8 1 5 73 24 15 46 11 3 .312 .382 .474 .162 1 2
2013 CHN MLB NL 254 236 26 67 16 0 6 101 16 13 68 4 4 .284 .332 .428 .144 0 1
2013 IOW AAA PCL 170 156 30 46 10 2 4 72 18 10 33 14 5 .295 .341 .462 .167 2 0
2014 IOW AAA PCL 71 65 11 17 3 0 2 26 7 6 15 2 1 .262 .324 .400 .138 0
2014 CHN MLB NL 326 308 30 65 10 3 9 108 25 14 110 7 3 .211 .246 .351 .140 2
2015 EST Wnt DWL 125 103 21 27 3 1 4 44 15 19 32 7 3 .262 .387 .427 .165 0 1
2015 BAL MLB AL 22 22 2 3 3 0 0 6 0 0 9 0 0 .136 .136 .273 .136 0 0
2015 CHN MLB NL 62 58 2 13 4 0 1 20 5 4 20 4 0 .224 .274 .345 .121 0 0
2015 NOR AAA INT 61 50 2 15 3 0 0 18 5 10 16 3 2 .300 .410 .360 .060 1 0
2015 IOW AAA PCL 231 197 37 62 10 0 7 93 31 30 53 9 9 .315 .404 .472 .157 2 1
2016 EST Wnt DWL 198 174 20 46 10 2 2 66 18 23 33 7 7 .264 .354 .379 .115 0 0
2016 TOR MLB AL 39 35 5 7 3 0 1 13 2 4 11 1 0 .200 .282 .371 .171 0 0
2016 BUF AAA INT 318 281 33 65 12 2 6 99 31 33 77 10 4 .231 .314 .352 .121 2 0
2017 REY AAA MEX 186 153 34 44 12 2 6 78 34 30 26 4 0 .288 .411 .510 .222 0 1
2017 PAW AAA INT 65 61 6 15 2 1 0 19 1 4 19 2 0 .246 .292 .311 .066 0 0
2019 TIJ AAA MEX 507 428 97 131 30 1 21 226 85 71 93 25 10 .306 .410 .528 .222 2 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2013 980 0.4571 0.4714 0.6342 0.6429 0.3271 0.7847 0.3851 0.3658 0.0110
2014 1216 0.4729 0.5576 0.5914 0.7339 0.3994 0.7536 0.3242 0.4086 0.0025
2015 357 0.4538 0.4622 0.6242 0.6235 0.3282 0.7525 0.4219 0.3758 0.0019
2016 162 0.5062 0.4753 0.6883 0.6341 0.3125 0.8077 0.4400 0.3117 0.0000
Career27150.46670.50900.61690.68060.35880.76790.36590.38310.0053

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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
2018 SEA $
2017 BOS $
2016 TOR $
2015 CHN $
2014 CHN $502,500
2013 CHN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$502,500
1 yrTotal$502,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 18 dRep 1 Baseball1 year (2018)

Details
  • 1 year (2018). Signed by Seattle as a free agent 2/14/18 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by Boston as a free agent (minor-league contract). Released by Boston 4/30/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Toronto 3/16. Sent outright to Triple-A by Toronto 4/1/16. Contract selected by Toronto 6/24/16. DFA by Toronto 7/25/16. Sent outright to Triple-A 7/31/16. Contract selected by Toronto 8/10/16. DFA by Toronto 8/16/16. Sent outright to Triple-A 8/19/16.
  • 1 year/$0.524M (2015). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/5/15. Acquired by Baltimore in trade from Chicago Cubs 7/31/15. Claimed by Toronto off waivers 12/18/15 after being DFA by Baltimore 12/10/15.
  • 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.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)With contact rates worse than Junior Lake and Matt Cain, how can we expect Joey Gallo to succeed here? Is it just one of those things where stats don't tell the whole story or what?
(Albert from NYC)
We can project him to succeed because of the extreme, 80 power and the adjustments he's made throughout his career when it comes to his pitch recognition. This is not a player that will ever compete for a batting title and he's going to strike out a fair amount but he has the secondary skills to succeed at the major league level. (Mauricio Rubio)
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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