The Chicago Cubs optioned outfielder Junior Lake to Triple-A Iowa while recalling right-handed pitcher Dan Straily, the team announced on Saturday.

Lake, 24, had been in the majors since debuting last season after the All-Star break. He hit .284 with a .332 on-base percentage and an OPS of .760 in 64 games in 2013. He burst on the scene as a dynamic player displaying both power as well as the ability to bunt for a hit.

But he regressed this year, hitting only .216 at the time of his demotion with a strikeout percentage of 33.5. He had 102 strikeouts and just 10 walks in 305 plate appearances. Lake began the season in a platoon role playing mostly against left-handed pitching. Eventually he lost playing time to hot-hitting left fielder Chris Coghlan and was reduced to a bench role.