Chicago Cubs shortstop prospect Junior Lake is off to a blazing hot start in the Arizona Fall League. The 21 year old Lake is hitting .328 with 4 home runs, 14 RBI and 11 steals through October 25th. Lake hit well at Single A Daytona before earning a promotion to AA Tennessee. His combined totals for the season were 12 home runs and 38 steals to go with a .750 OPS. Lake managed only a .300 OBP in AA so it is encouraging to see him reach base at a .384 clip in his limited time in Arizona.
The impressive showing by Lake could alter the plans of Chicago’s new front office. One of Theo Epstein’s first major decisions as Cubs President of Baseball Operations will be whether or not to pick up Aramis Ramirez’s $14 million club option for 2012 or pay a $2 million buy out. At 6’3″ and 215 pounds Lake looks more the part of a third baseman than a shortstop. Epstein could buy out Ramirez and play Jeff Baker or a stop gap free agent at third base to begin 2012 before turning the position over to Lake around mid-season.