23-Year-Old Shortstop – Chicago Cubs
2013 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Lake had a better go of it the second time around at Double-A, but his plate discipline (35:105 BB:K) was still poor, and his .773 OPS doesn't exactly portend great success in the majors. Moreover, he...
Lake (ribs) was assigned to minor league camp Friday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.
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Chicago Cubs Roster
MajorsBaker, Scott (P)
AAABogusevic, Brian (OF)
AAAlcantara, Arismendy (SS)
A+Andreoli, John (OF)
ACabezas, Yaniel (C)
RookieAckerman, Hunter (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The 22-year-old had a strong AFL showing, hitting .296 with five homers and 18 steals in 28 games, but his plate discipline was a major problem both at High-A and Double-A in 2011. His defense at short also leaves something to be desired, and in any event, he's blocked by Starlin Castro for the foreseeable future. Lake did steal 38 bags in 44 attempts, so if he ever does learn to get on base, he'd have his uses as a second baseman or utility player in the big leagues. For now expect him to start the year in the high minors and don't expect a promotion until September 2012 at the earliest.