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Mike Olt | Third Baseman

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Mike Olt went 2-for-5 with a home run and three runs batted in as the Cubs defeated the Pirates on Wednesday.
Olt hit a two-run blast off of Wandy Rodriguez in the fifth inning, then added an RBI single in the sixth. He entered the game with just one hit in four at-bats and has been sharing time at third base with Luis Valbuena. The Cubs hope Olt can get on a tear and take the everyday job at the hot corner at some point during the season. Apr 9 - 11:06 PM

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Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt is not in the Cubs' lineup Friday.

Neither is Junior Lake, as Luis Valbuena is starting at third base and Ryan Sweeney is starting in left field versus the Phillies' Roberto Hernandez. Olt hit his first major league home run Thursday but has now been on the bench for two of the team's first four games.
Apr 4 - 10:17 AM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt slugged his first career home run Thursday in the Cubs' victory over the Pirates.

It was a second-inning shot off Pittsburgh starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez. Olt went hitless for the rest of the game and is batting just .143 so far this season, but the former Rangers prospect carries decent fantasy upside as the Cubs' regular third baseman.
Apr 3 - 3:27 PM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt has earned an Opening Day roster spot.

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer made the announcement on Thursday morning in camp. Olt earned his spot by posting a .929 OPS in 56 plate appearances this spring and should be Chicago's regular third baseman for the majority of the 2014 season. Top third base prospect Kris Bryant is on the way. Olt makes for a decent flier in deeper mixed fantasy leagues because of his past production in the Rangers' minor league system.
Mar 27 - 1:11 PM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt (shoulder) will get his first Cactus League start at third base on Thursday.

Olt has been bothered all spring by fatigue in his right shoulder, but he's now making steady strides and will try to get as close as possible to 100 percent fitness by Opening Day. The former top Rangers prospect could take over starting third base duties in Chicago early this season. Luis Valbuena is all that stands in his way.
Mar 19 - 5:35 PM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt (shoulder) will return to Cactus League action Wednesday.

Olt was scratched from Monday's lineup due to fatigue in his right shoulder, an issue that's bothered him off and on this spring. He's feeling better now, though, and ready to give it a go.
Mar 18 - 6:41 PM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt was scratched from Monday's lineup due to fatigue in right shoulder.

Olt has battled shoulder issues on and off all spring, but Cubs manager Rick Renteria isn't concerned. "We're looking to keep him healthy," the skipper said. Olt is expected to begin the season at Triple-A.
Mar 17 - 1:03 PM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt hit two home runs in Wednesday night's Cactus League game against the Mariners.

Olt had been battling some shoulder soreness, but he broke out in a big way on Wednesday evening. "The last couple of days I’ve felt much better, just in batting practice, doing some extra work," he said after the game. "Made some serious strides." Olt, a former top prospect of the Rangers, could very easily take over starting third base duties this season in Chicago.
Mar 13 - 9:02 AM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt (shoulder) is getting closer to playing third base.

Olt has been bothered by shoulder soreness this spring, but he is beginning to make progress. "I’ve thrown there the last couple of days," said Olt. "My velocity is right where it needs to be." The 24-year-old figures to begin the season in the minors, but it might not take long for him to replace Luis Valbuena if he gets off to a quick start with the bat.
Mar 10 - 12:26 PM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt hit a two-run home run in his only at-bat on Tuesday against the Athletics.

Olt has been bothered by shoulder soreness and has seen limited action in the Cactus League thus far. The former Rangers top prospect battled vision issues last year as well. He'll start the year in the minors most likely, but could displace Luis Valbuena at third base if he hits well enough.
Mar 4 - 7:11 PM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt (shoulder) is hoping to make his Cactus League debut at third base soon.

Olt started the opener in the DH spot, but some shoulder soreness has kept him from playing the field. He's feeling much better, though, so we should see him at the hot corner soon enough. Olt is competing for the third base job but will almost surely begin the year in the minors.
Mar 4 - 6:34 PM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports that Mike Olt is currently dealing with a sore right shoulder.

The Cubs are playing things cautiously with the injured slugger, using him as the designated hitter in Thursday's Cactus League opener, but don't expect it to be a major issue moving forward. The powerful 25-year-old could conceivably take the reigns of the team's starting job at third base with a strong spring performance.
Feb 28 - 8:13 PM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt said Sunday that the vision issues that plagued him last year are entirely behind him now.

Once thought of as one of the top prospects in the game, Olt's stock has tumbled after slashing a brutal .201/.303/.381 with a 132/55 K/BB ratio over 107 minor league contests in 2013. If healthy and seeing the ball better though, it's conceivable he could impress enough this spring to earn a shot at being the Cubs regular third baseman to begin the season.
Feb 23 - 6:27 PM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt said Friday that he's excited for the chance to compete to be the Cubs starting third baseman in 2014.

The former highly touted prospect had an extremely disappointing 2013 season, slashing just .201/.303/.381 with 15 homers and 42 RBI in 107 minor league games, primarily at the Triple-A level. He also whiffed 132 times while walking 55. He believes that he's finally over the vision problems that plagued him this season, and is already working at the club's spring training complex in Arizona, where he plans to spend a lot of time this offseason. Should he earn the starting job outright, he could deliver fantasy owners plenty of power production, albeit with a poor batting average.
Sat, Oct 19, 2013 09:12:00 AM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt has slashed a lousy .116/.165/.233 through 91 plate appearances at Triple-A Iowa.

Overall, Olt has hit .192 with 14 homers and a .664 over 91 total minor league games between two organizations. Acquired by the Cubs from the Rangers in July's Matt Garza trade, Olt remains a good prospect, though his struggles this season have removed some of the sheen required by scouts to rank as elite. He'll have to pick it up quickly if Olt intends to make his Cubs debut next month.
Sun, Aug 18, 2013 08:30:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Darwin Barney
2Emilio Bonifacio
SS1Starlin Castro
3B1Mike Olt
2Luis Valbuena
LF1Junior Lake
CF1Ryan Sweeney
RF1Nate Schierholtz
2Justin Ruggiano
3Ryan Kalish
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jeff Samardzija
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Jake Arrieta
5Jason Hammel
6Carlos Villanueva
7James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jose Veras
2Pedro Strop
3James Russell
4Wesley Wright
5Hector Rondon
6Kyuji Fujikawa
7Justin Grimm
8Blake Parker