• Expect to see Junior Lake in the outfield for the Cubs in Cactus League games. Lake, who has primarily played third and short in the Cubs' Minor League system, did play in the outfield in the Dominican Republic winter league.
If the Cubs need a utility player during the season, Lake could be the one.
"He's obviously the guy who has played Double-A and will go to Triple-A, and with those abilities and power, speed, athleticism, he's definitely on the radar," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "If somebody goes down, hopefully he's doing well and progressing at third base and can get called up and get the playing time."
Lake is a little unorthodox in terms of his defensive play at third, which is why the Cubs want him to play more in the Minors and get more experience.
"You can't simulate games by [hitting] ground balls [in practice]," Sveum said. "Guys with that kind of arm don't realize how much time they really have to get rid of a ball because nobody is going to outrun that kind of arm."
Lake batted .312 in 44 games for Estrellas de Oriente in the Dominican, hitting .560 (15-for-25) against left-handers. He batted .279 last season at Double-A Tennessee.
• Defending champion David DeJesus had to rally to beat Darwin Barney and advance to the Sweet 16 of the Cubs bunting tournament. DeJesus will face Castro in the next round. Also advancing was Casey Coleman, who reached the finals last year. Edwin Jackson was able to hit the 100-point marks on the field on two consecutive bunts to beat Nick Struck and advance.