junior lake cubsFor the first time in almost a week, I do not have a sick child at home with me today. In some ways, I value the extra time spent together, but it’s also good to be able to get back to 100% focus on BN and the Cubs during the day. Any gratuitous typos or ill-thought-out points over the past week can be attributed to familial sickness. (As I type this, I just got a phone call from The Little Girl’s school that she threw up, and may soon have to come home. Naturally. Poor kid.)

  • The Vine Line blog has been doing a good job recapping the Winter League action involving Cubs players and prospects this year. Junior Lake is hitting well in the DWL once again, sporting a .333/.375/.471 line over 51 at bats, with a couple homers and six steals. For me, he remains a guy that you hope can play in a utility role or start in center field. Beyond that – which is to say, as a starter in left field – I just don’t think he’s going to put up the numbers the Cubs will need from that position long-term to be competitive.
  • That said, it’s worth noting where Lake has been playing: center field. Unless the Cubs go way outside the box and add someone like Jacoby Ellsbury this offseason, I’d have no problem entering the year with Lake in center field every day, to see how he would handle it. In that setup, you’d like to see Ryan Sweeney as a fourth outfielder, and a big bat added in left field.
  • And while perusing those recaps, I came upon a great Justin Grimm interview from late last week.
  • Tomorrow, Ernie Banks will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor.
  • BN’er Spriggs is an Arizona’er, and he had occasion to take in a great deal of the AFL this year. He shares his first-hand thoughts over at the Message Board.


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