Cubs call up Junior Lake

Cubs call up Junior Lake
Junior Lake

There's a report out that the Cubs will call up Junior Lake but it doesn't come from the usual channels.  It was tweeted out by Daniel Rufenacht, who is the Assistant GM of the Licey Tigers in the Dominican League.  Obviously there is the potential for him to have made a connection with Junior Lake and he may well have that inside information.

Update: David Kaplan confirms

The corresponding move seems to be that Bryan Bogusevic is headed to the DL.  This implies that Lake will play the OF, perhaps on an everyday basis because the Cubs don't want to cut into his development time.  He'll certainly play vs. LHP.

Lake is a dynamic athlete with an arm that needs to be seen to believed.  He is a plus runner and has the strength to hit for power.  He's been criticized for a raw approach but there has been some improvement of late.  Defense is also an issue as Lake is a player without a defensive home right now  He's been moved off of SS and has been erratic at 3B.  The OF may be his next stop.

Lake is hitting .295/.341/.462 with 4 HRs and 14 sBs in 19 attempts.

In other moves, Tommy Birch is reporting that Alberto Cabrera will be promoted to Iowa.  They also reinstated C Luis Flores from paternity leave and sent C Chad Noble back down to AA.  Esmailin Caridad has been released.

Dae-Eun Rhee has been activated from the DL and will take Cabrera's spot at AA.

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  • I was hoping to see Jr. up soon. Just let him play every day.

  • In reply to Bilbo161:

    Agree. Let him play every day.

  • So, no trade? Bah!

  • In reply to Eddie:

    Don't be surprised if Garza has been traded by this time tomorrow.

  • I won't be surprise one way or the other!

  • Or Shierholz

  • "Lake is a dynamic athlete with an arm that needs to be seen to believed."

    So does it compare to Jose Cardenal's arm? If I recall correctly, I once saw him throw a laser from the LF warning track (or close to it) to home plate. But then again, I may have misremembered. It was 40 years ago or so.

  • In reply to giamby:

    I never saw Cardenal throw, but I did see Dunston. And while Lake's arm isn't quite as good as Shawon's, it is fun to watch.

  • In reply to giamby:

    Haha! Something like that. It is like Cardenal's or Dunston's. It's a rocket. Most impressive throw I've seen from him was a flat footed throw from 3B line on a clothesline to 1B. It didn't even seem real. I think I may have been hallucinating.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I saw Lake when he was at Peoria a few seasons back go deep into the hole at SS and into the LF grass, spin and then throw across towards first. I say towards first because the throw ended up in like the 8th row, but the ball absolutely exploded out of his hand. I swear gravity had no effect on the ball. It might have dropped an inch. One of the more impressive physical displays I've seen in person at a ballgame.

  • In reply to giamby:

    Loved watching Jose Cardinal play back when I was a kid & budding Cubs fan.

  • In reply to drkazmd65:

    My best memory of Cardenal was Brickhouse saying " wrong way Jose" when he tagged one nuts on to the back stop.

  • In reply to Wild Bill:

    At one point during Jose's run with the Cubs I actually wanted to 'be' Jose Cardinal. Had a Cubs cap that didn't quite fit and would pretend to run after a ball in the outfield just so the cap would fall off like it did occasionally when he was playing the OF and that bush of a fro he had at the time got to be too much for his hat to handle.

    I (BYW) was never going to have that hair. Was upset when he left the Cubs for 'another' team.

  • In reply to giamby:

    Cardenal was primarily a RF, but I did once see him throw out a runner on a SF attempt from just shy of the warning track with a perfect one hop throw to the plate. Havent seen Lake play enough to judge his ability, other than scouts have raved about his arm strength.

  • I also hear Esmailin Caridad has been released?

  • In reply to Caps:

    Yes...just added it. Thanks.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Caridad was an intriguing arm, for about a month. I remember he had a great finish to 2009 at the ML level, then arm trouble pretty much tanked him.

  • In reply to Zonk:

    Kinda sad actually - he looked like he had Big League potential.

  • In reply to Zonk:

    I drank with him once. At Carlos Marmol's condo downtown. I don't expect anyone to believe me but I did. I had Carlos call my friends (I was 19, what do you expect?) and he's like "What's up f*ckers?" None of my friends believe me, they told him on the phone "You suck" messing around. He seemed really shy.

    I took a pic (my proof) with Marmol and then they all believed me. It was really cool.

  • In reply to GoCubsGo:

    Caridad seemed shy, I meant. Carlos was very friendly and outgoing.

  • pretty excited to see this kid play in the show! would love to see him do well & who knows maybe take off. i know, i know,,,,haha

  • I just hope they let him play everyday and see what He can do , the rest of the guys you know what You have , Lake could a floater position wise but I want to see his bat in the lineup everyday.

  • In reply to Bryan Craven:

    He's young. I like his upside. He may be the sleeper MLstud we thint the big 4 might be.

  • In reply to CubsBuck22:

    gots the tools that's for sure , find him a home if he hits.

  • phil rodgers probably will say that this means castro is in the garza deal.

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    In reply to seankl:

    LOL!!!

  • In reply to seankl:

    Shhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to seankl:

    Hopefully it's Soriano instead.

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    Read that Cabrera is going to pitch out of the bullpen at Iowa.....

    My question is why?

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    He was a full time reliever last year, they need to limit his innings this year.

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    In reply to mjvz:

    ....or Cubs have decided he doesn't quite have the command to be a starter. But having worked on his repertoire at AA, maybe that makes him a better relief pitcher?

    Just a guess

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    In reply to Zonk:

    Not sure I would understand that call, he's had a pretty damn good season starting at AA.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    Where did you read that? Because it makes absolutely NO sense.

    Cubs sent him back down specifically to become a starter this year and he has passed with flying colors.

    I find it VERY hard to believe that they are switching him back to a reliever.

  • In reply to Ghost Dawg:

    It makes a ton of sense. The guy threw 76 innings last year. That is it. He is already at 113 this year with 2 1/2 months to go. There was no chance they were going to let him start the whole season and throw close to 200 innings.

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    In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    Not to gloat but I predicted about a month ago that Cabrerra would be our closer once Gregg is traded. I think they stretched him out to teach him how to pitch. Not every pitch max effort, better pace and better command. I'm excited about him. Lake too. I can't wait to see the upcoming promotions. I think Sczur and Alancantra will get the AAA call soon.

    We all needed some news! Albeit not the trade, you can see the gears inside the machine start to move!

  • Play him in the right spot, but get him lots of AB's and playing time

  • I'm a big Junior Lake fan, having seen him look like a man among boys last year with the Smokies.
    However, I hope he gets some good coachin'-up if he's going to be in the OF. He doesn't have a lot of experience there.
    I suggest as fans we have patience with Junior Lake. This is his first time in the Show, and he is talented but raw. Look for some mistakes (but also for some Oh-Wow moments).
    Good luck, Junior !

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    In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    I'm with you. I'm pumped to see it but expecting to see quite a few hiccups from Lake, along with some moments that make you say "Where has this kid been!?". Hopefully, the latter outweigh the former!

  • In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    Soriano is still making mistakes in left field. We can put up with a few from Junior/

  • In reply to Roe Skidmore:

    Agreed. Although if Soriano continues to mash the ball like he was the weeks before the All Star break - it is going to be hard to sit him on the bench.

  • Just sitting on my couch, opened up Cubs Den with a couple claps and a loud "YES!" My girlfriend hustles out of the bedroom..."What happened?!"..."The Cubs called up Junior Lake!"..."Wow. You are SUCH a nerd."

    Really looking forward to seeing this guy! Nice moment for he and Starlin as I hear they have been close friends since they were boys. Hopefully they're not going to be out too late getting schwasted!

  • In reply to Ben20:

    Haha! I've gotten that line once or twice from my wife ;)

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    Any word on the lineups for tonight's game. I'm soooooooooooo ready for some baseball!!!

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    In reply to bocabobby:

    OMG. It's only Thursday and there are no games till tomorrow. This what happens when you're retired and sleep till Noon each day..... lol

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    If anybody wants to numb their body out to relieve the stress until Garza is traded, Hawk: The Colorful Life of Ken Harrelson is on MLBTV right now.

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    In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    I'd rather hit myself in the face with a sledge hammer. It has about the same amount of enjoyment.....

  • In reply to bocabobby:

    I'd rather put my nuts in a vice.

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    In reply to HackWilson09:

    I was trying to keep it clean..... lol

  • Really happy to see the man they call "Pond" get the call. At the very least, does he instantly become the coolest-looking Cub? That photo is straight off of a 70's trading card. Love it! Of all things, though, I'm most excited for his first emergency relief pitching appearance. How fast do you think he could rush it up there?

  • Lake can be fun to watch, but the Cubs may be rushing him. More seasoning at AAA may benefit him, but I guess we will see. My concern is his confidence.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    I really don't think this is a long term recall. 3 OFs on the DL and another that was banged up. Only so many guys on the 40 man, somebody had to get the call. Once guys get healthy he'll probably go back down.

  • For anyone interested Team USA vs. Cuba live

    http://web.usabaseball.com/video/play.jsp?topic_id=37145162&content_id=52465262

  • Wow, how exciting, let us all hope the first of many that the system at minimum has produced to get a call to the bigs.

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    I heard Jed Hoyer on with Kaplan about an hour ago, I didn't notice anyone posting this but didn't go through every comment. Hoyer said Sveum will play Lake vs lefties and will only be up until DeJesus comes back, which they think is a week to 10 days. Hoyer said they have to balance getting guys experience with waiting for them to be ready, but the 40 man roster often screws that up and makes you call someone up before you really want to, implying Lake was in that category. He said though that a little taste of the big leagues and what to expect should be good for Lake.

    Also, if DeJesus does come back in a week that might give him enough time to play a few days and show he's healthy before the trade deadline - that's my speculation, Hoyer didn't talk about trading DeJesus.

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    In reply to Just Win:

    I think DeJesus will pass through waivers. He's a guy that only a contender will claim and those might be teams on the fringe like the Phillies or the Yankees. They'll have an extra 3 weeks or so to manipulate the roster and of course that depends on what we get for Garza. Christmas morning coming soon.

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    Kaplan just posted the podcast of the Jed Hoyer interview on WGN's website:

    http://wgnradio.com/2013/07/18/cubs-update-with-jed-hoyer-2/

  • I just read that Clay Buchholz's side session today was canceled due to "lingering soreness", and the Red Sox are having him re-examined tomorrow.
    This could put the Red Sox in the middle of the Garza trade picture--if they're not there already.

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    In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    Yea, they talked about it today on XM. Bowden thinks the Red Sox might swoop in with a better offer than Texas. I called into Jim Joyce and Mel Antonelli's show and they thought the same. They thought the Cubs could get Watson or Jackie Bradley. No Bogarts of course.

  • If Garza rumors go in here

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Sources: Right-hander C.J. Edwards, 8-2 with a 1.83 ERA for Rangers’ Class A Hickory club, is in play in Garza talks, sources say.
     

  • Big day for me. Been waiting to see Lake for some time now...

  • CJ Edwards twitter account: things happen but I'll remember my Texas fans.
    He's not coming out and saying anything definite though, would be great to see him in Cubs blue.

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    Good to see Calico Junior get the call. I hope he has some quick success and builds some confidence.

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    Hope he's in the lineup tonight. I'd love to see him debut, even if it means not getting my homework done :)

  • I'm here in the Lake thread taking shelter from Garzapalooza.

    Anxiously awaiting felzz's first use of "Lake Fever" lyrics by Tragically Hip in an upcoming game recap.

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