Feb 23, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Junior Lake (73) throws to first before a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs Will Promote Junior Lake

The future is drawing closer for the Chicago Cubs.

On Thursday, it was reported that the Cubs will be promoting third base prospect Junior Lake to the Major League level.

Lake was having an impressive season with the Iowa Cubs in 2013.

In 170 plate appearances, Lake is hitting .295/.341/.462 with 4 home runs and 30 RBIs.

The 23-year old Lake is not a top prospect for the Cubs, but is a prospect that is thought highly of within the Cubs’ organization.

Lake is capable of playing third base, shortstop, and either of the two corner outfield positions.

What is interesting is that there is no corresponding move being suggested, leading to an increase in speculation.

The Chicago Cubs are closing in on a trade of Matt Garza, so it is possible that an outfielder such as Alfonso Soriano or Nate Schierholtz could be included in the deal as well.

That would create an opening in the outfield, where many project Lake to play in the Major Leagues.

It is also possible that Lake could simply be called up in place of a position player going on the disabled list.

Lake figures to be a super-utility player for the Cubs when the team is ready to contend.

The Chicago Cubs have not made any official announcements on Lake’s promotion, so let the speculation continue.

UPDATED: Brian Bogusevic has been placed on the disabled list. Lake will make his debut with the Chicago Cubs on Friday.

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