The Chicago Cubs have quite a few interesting situations to keep an eye on during the 2014 season, and one of those has to deal with Junior Lake. Lake, a 23-year-old outfielder, had a breakout season last year with the Cubs and showed that he had a lot of potential for the future. It appears that the Cubs are going to give Lake everyday playing time this year, and give him a chance to prove himself.
There have been quite a few analysts that don’t believe he is cut out to be an everyday player because of his batting average. He is more known for his power and speed, but has been working hard this offseason to improve his batting average as well. If he is able to improve his average, he is going to be an extremely dangerous responsibility for opposing pitchers.
Lake played in 64 games last season with the Cubs, recording a .284 batting average to go along with six homers and 16 RBI’s. Those numbers certainly aren’t amazing, but they gave fans something to be excited about towards the end of last season. It will be very intriguing to see what type of numbers he is able to put up with consistently playing time everyday.
The potential that Lake has is through the roof and undeniable. He showed off his complete skill set against the Athletics in a Cubs win, with three home runs and six RBI’s. Chicago is very excited about his potential and they are hoping that he is able to live up to the hype. They have a very talented farm system, but having a player with the power that Lake possesses is always needed.
Overall, this could be a very big season for Lake and the Cubs. He is hoping to prove to the organization that he is more than capable of being a long-term starter in the outfield, and that he deserves to be a part of what appears to be a very bright future for the Cubs. Don’t be surprised to see Lake become one of the best power hitters in the National League Central this year.