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Mike Olt | Third Baseman

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Mike Olt went 1-for-4 with a two-run single as the Cubs defeated the Brewers 10-5 on Saturday.
Olt knocked in both runs with a single in the third inning, part of a seven-run outburst. The 26-year-old has had a decent start to the spring, batting .278 with two home runs and five RBI in 18 at-bats. He'll start the season at third base for the Cubs, but he'll soon give way to superstar prospect Kris Bryant towards the end of April or early May. Mar 14 - 8:01 PM

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Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt went 2-for-3 with two singles and a run scored in Wednesday's 4-3 win versus the Dodgers.

Olt's time at third base in Chicago appears to be short-lived with Kris Bryant on the horizon, but he's hitting well to begin the spring. He's now batting .400 (4-for-10). A good spring and a good April may open up a trade possibility for the Cubs and for Olt. He batted just .160/.248/.356 in 258 plate appearances last season.
Mar 11 - 7:10 PM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt belted a two-run homer in Thursday's Cactus League tie against the Athletics.

Olt took veteran left-hander Barry Zito deep in the second inning. The 26-year-old showed power for the Cubs last season, launching 12 homers over just 258 plate appearances, but he hit only .160/.248/.356 overall. He'll compete for playing time at third base until Kris Bryant is ready.
Mar 5 - 7:35 PM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in a loss to the Pirates on Sunday.

Olt was demoted in late July but returned after rosters expanded in September. He's now got four hits in eight at-bats since coming back. Even so, Olt has a miserable .154/.235/.364 line in the majors this season and can't be used in any fantasy formats.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 07:06:00 PM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Cubs recalled 3B Mike Olt from Low-A Kane County.

Olt is over his hamstring injury and homered in back-to-back games the last two days for Kane County during their Midwest League playoff run. He has hit just .139/.222/.353 in the majors this season but does have 12 homers.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 11:53:00 AM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt (hamstring) is expected to be recalled by the Cubs on Friday.

Olt has been out the last couple weeks at Triple-A Iowa with a strained hamstring, but he's apparently made progress. He'll play in two games for Low-A Kane County before being recalled Friday if all goes well. Olt has hit just .139/.222/.353 in the majors this season but does have 12 homers.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 04:59:00 PM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt was placed on the disabled list by the Iowa Cubs with a hamstring strain.

Olt has been in the minors since being demoted on July 23. He owns a .302/.348/.585 line in the minors this season but has struggled with the big club.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 09:11:00 PM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Cubs optioned 3B Mike Olt to Triple-A Iowa.

The last straw was Olt going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Tuesday, dropping his season line to .139/.222/.353 and his K/BB ratio to 84/19. Olt obviously has plus raw power, but he has a lot of holes in his swing and could struggle to carve out a long-term niche on a team with a boatload of position prospects on the way.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 12:06:00 AM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday night's loss to the Reds.

The 25-year-old got the start at third base in the second half of Tuesday's doubleheader, and he responded with a two-run shot off David Holmberg in the third inning. Olt also walked and scored the first run of the game in the second inning. He's been good for power -- he now has 12 homers in 173 at-bats this year -- but he owns a .150/.235/.382 line that makes him unusable for fantasy purposes.
Wed, Jul 9, 2014 12:03:00 AM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Cubs president Theo Epstein said Saturday that the club has no plans to send Mike Olt to the minors.

Olt leads all National League rookies with 10 home runs and 25 RBI, but he's hitting just .149/.230/.364 overall, has struck out 65 times even though he's started just 41 games and has only two hits this month. However, it appears the Cubs will keep him up with the big club and continue to play him regularly against lefties. "He’s not backing down," ­Epstein said. "He’s grinding his way through it. He’s shown the things that make him, potentially, a really good player with the insane raw power and his ability to, when he gets his pitch, hit it out of the ballpark. We think this is the right place for him, and he’s going to get a lot of at-bats against left-handed ­pitching."
Sun, Jun 22, 2014 09:28:00 AM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt went 1-for-4 with a solo home run as the Cubs defeated the Brewers on Sunday.

Olt's fourth-inning blast off of Marco Estrada was Olt's ninth of the season. The prospect hasn't done much with the bat other than homer, as he now carries a lopsided .176/.254/.451 slash line with 20 RBI. That Olt is on pace for 35 home runs is a nice consolation, however.
Sun, May 18, 2014 05:15:00 PM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt collected his eighth homer and his eighth single in Monday's route of the Cardinals.

Olt is still batting just .187, but this makes four homers in six games for him. Of course, he has just two hits besides the homers over that span. It's great to see the power, but homers alone won't make him a building block for the Cubs.
Tue, May 13, 2014 12:24:00 AM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt went 2-for-4 with a grand slam as the Cubs defeated the White Sox on Thursday.

Olt cleared the bases in the eighth inning against Maikel Cleto, his sixth home run of the season. The third baseman has now homered in back-to-back games, but his stats are still a couple good weeks away from respectability. Olt is currently slashing .184/.259/.434.
Fri, May 9, 2014 12:18:00 AM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt hit his fifth homer of the year Wednesday in the loss to the White Sox.

Five homers in 72 at-bats is pretty impressive. The .167 average and 27/6 K/BB ratio are less so, especially since the Cubs are trying to start him only in favorable situations. He doesn't seem ready for an expanded role yet.
Wed, May 7, 2014 11:46:00 PM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Cubs manager Rick Renteria indicated Tuesday that Mike Olt will be given more playing time at third base going forward.

Olt is hitting just .195 so far, but he belted his fourth home run Tuesday and is sporting a .512 slugging percentage. He's shared the position with Luis Valbuena so far, but it sounds like he'll be given a chance to run with the job. "We’ve talked about gradually getting him into that role," Renteria said. "Do I plan on playing him [Wednesday]? Yes. Everything’s very calculated. So I’m going to throw him out there and let him run with it a little bit. We’re still measuring everything; we’re still trying to be kind of guarded, but he’ll be in there tomorrow again."
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 09:00:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Welington Castillo
4Taylor Teagarden
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Tommy La Stella
3Chris Valaika
SS1Starlin Castro
2Jonathan Herrera
3B1Arismendy Alcantara
2Mike Olt
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Chris Denorfia
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Ryan Sweeney
3Matt Szczur
RF1Jorge Soler
2Junior Lake
3Mike Baxter
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Kyle Hendricks
5Travis Wood
6Tsuyoshi Wada
7Jacob Turner
8Felix Doubront
9C.J. Edwards
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Jason Motte
5Justin Grimm
6Brian Schlitter
7Phil Coke
8Edwin Jackson
9Zach Rosscup
10Blake Parker
11Drake Britton
12Anthony Carter
13Jorge De Leon
14Daniel Bard