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30 Mike Olt 1B
Height/Weight: 6-2/210 | Birthdate: 8/27/1988 | Birthplace: New Haven, CT | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 25/6 | Average Draft Position: 271.28
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Mike Olt produces first multi-RBI game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Cubs infielder Mike Olt snapped out of a season-opening slump Wednesday, clubbing his second home run of the season in a 7-5 win over the Pirates.

Olt doubled his hit total for the season with one game, going 2 for 5 in the win, with both hits driving in runs. He hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to give the Cubs their first lead, and then provided the ultimate winning margin with a sixth-inning RBI single.

Olt is hitting just .158 through the first eight games of the season, but has two home runs and four RBI.  


Mike Olt returns Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt has returned to the starting lineup Saturday.

Olt was held out of Friday's game due to concerns about his shoulder. The club doesn't want Olt to over-exert himself early. It doesn't seem to be a serious concern, however, and Olt will get right back into the lineup Saturday. He will hit sixth.


Precaution over shoulder keeps Mike Olt out on Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2014) Rick Renteria plans on easing Cubs promising third baseman Mike Olt into the lineup as an every-day player to take it easy on a shoulder that experienced soreness this spring, per ESPN.

Renteria cited slick conditions at Wrigley Field for holding Olt out of the lineup Friday against Philadelphia. Olt slugged his first major league home run Thursday against Pittsburgh.


Mike Olt's first hit in 2014 is first career HR


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Cubs corner infielder Mike Olt clubbed his first career home run during a 3-2 win Thursday against the Pirates.

Olt, who was playing in his third game for the Cubs and making his 19th MLB appearance, crushed a solo home run to right field leading off the second inning against Wandy Rodriguez. It would be his only hit in three at-bats.

Olt is batting .143 (1 for 7) with three strikeouts through three games.


Mike Olt hitting fifth Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt will hit fifth against the Pirates Monday.

Olt surprised a lot of people this spring, hitting .276 with five home runs. He'll get the start at third and face off against Francisco Liriano.


Keep an eye on Mike Olt


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/27/2014) So far, Mike Olt's spring performance has earned him a spot on the Cubs' opening day roster. Could the starting third base job be next?

I'm betting on it. The guy was a top prospect for the Rangers a couple years ago, and given that he's already 25, the Cubs need to see what they have in him, especially with Javier Baez and Kris Bryant waiting in the wings

So what do they have in him? Well, his five home runs in 55 at-bats say a lot. Power and patience are what he brings to the table. Maybe not so much batting average, but the Cubs' claim that a vision problem contributed to his .201 mark between Double- and Triple-A last year is becoming more believable.

Ultimately, Olt's contact issues may prevent him from becoming more than a platoon player or reserve at the major-league level, which is why I'm not going crazy over his spring power display, but if nothing else, he's a legitimate NL-only sleeper now. And if he gets off to a hot start, he'll deserve a look in mixed leagues as well, especially since he'll be eligible at third base by then.


Ryan Kalish, Mike Olt earn spots with Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2014) Ryan Kalish will break camp with the Cubs as a spare outfielder while Mike Olt has landed a spot at third base.

It will mark his first experience for Kalish in the National League after spending four years with Boston, though neck and back injuries cost him all of the 2013 season. He showed some promise as a rookie in 2010, but has just 96 major league at-bats (all in 2012) since.

The 25-year-old Olt earned a spot with a fine spring and could wind up with the starting job at third.


Mike Olt appears to have found his old form


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Cubs infielder Mike Olt has put himself in position to grab a spot on the team's opening day roster, and potentially a spot in the starting lineup thanks to a strong showing this spring. Manager Rick Renteria has been impressed with Olt, who is batting .273 (12 for 44) with five home runs and 10 RBI in 15 spring games.

"He's really seeing the ball well," Renteria told reporters Tuesday. "He's obviously putting a charge into the baseball. And he's looked like the guy from the offensive side that everyone expected to see a few years ago."


Mike Olt goes deep in win over A's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Cubs infielder Mike Olt made his third appearance of the spring at third base on Sunday against the A's.

Olt was limited to DH duties earlier this spring because of soreness in his throwing shoulder. He unleashed a solo home run in the eighth inning for his only hit of the afternoon. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in a 10-6 win. He is hitting .273 with five homers and 10 RBI in 42 at-bats.

Mike Olt set to make third-base debut Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) Cubs infielder Mike Olt will make his spring debut at third base Thursday, ESPNChicago.com reports.

Olt has been limited to DH duties this spring as he recovers from soreness in his throwing shoulder. If everything goes according to plan Thursday, it looks like he'll avoid a DL stint at the beginning of the season.


Mike Olt might play in field Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2014) Cubs infielder Mike Olt felt good enough to DH Tuesday against the Rangers after getting some treatment for his sore shoulder. He said he will have to see if he can play in the field Wednesday, per ESPN.

Mike Olt scratched with fatigue in right shoulder


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt was scratched from Monday's spring lineup because of fatigue in his right shoulder, per MLB.com. But the injury is not considered serious.

"We're looking to keep him healthy," manager Rick Renteria said.


Mike Olt clubs two home runs vs. Mariners


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) Cubs infielder Mike Olt delivered his best performance of the spring Wednesday, going 3 for 4 with two home runs and three RBI in his team's game against the Mariners.

Olt has dealt with a sore shoulder this spring, but if he can get some time at third base soon without suffering a setback, that and a strong offensive performance could instill him as the starter at the hot corner once the season begins. He's 7 for 21 with three home runs and six RBI in seven games while serving as a designated hitter.


Sore shoulder keeping Mike Olt from playing at third base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt has been limited to games at first base and DH this spring because of a sore throwing shoulder, per ESPN.

"It's been a good thing for me to get familiar at first base," Olt said. "I won't lose anything at third base. I want to be a versatile player.

"I've thrown there (third base) the last couple of days. My velocity is right where it needs to be ... I've had (shoulder tenderness) almost every year. You get here, you get excited and you throw a little too much."


Mike Olt goes deep as pinch-hitter


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt hit his first home run of the spring Tuesday against the Athletics, after entering the game as a pinch-hitter. He drove in two in his lone at-bat, as he took Athletics' pitcher Michael Ynoa deep in the 8th inning in the 6-4 win.

Olt has appeared in just two of the Cubs' first five spring games, with one hit in three at-bats. He has dealt with a sore shoulder that has limited him in the field, though the injury is not considered serious.


MIke Olt dealing with shoulder soreness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt has been dealing with a sore right shoulder, CSNChicago.com reports. He served as the designated hitter in Wednesday's intrasquad game and Thursday's Cactus League opener.

"He’s doing well," manager Rick Renteria said Friday. "He’s throwing fine, and he’s been working at all the positions to get himself ready. We’re going to try to get him some at-bats and keep him active."

Olt has put his concussion and vision problems behind him, and if he can do the same with the shoulder issue, he could challenge for a starting role at third base, where the Cubs likely have Luis Valbuena penciled in as the starter.


Mike Olt feels like he's ahead of schedule


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt said he's ahead of schedule this spring, according to MLB.com.

Olt has struggled lately due to vision problems. The team believes the problems are fixed now, and Olt is taking medication to deal with allergies. Olt says he "saw the ball really well" while facing live pitching Wednesday. He wasn't sure whether he would take swings, but felt comfortable enough to give it a shot. He feels as though he's ahead of where he normally would be at this point in spring training.

Olt is expected to compete for a spot on the team's 25-man roster this spring.


Mike Olt works at first base Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt worked out at first base Wednesday during the team's first day of workouts, MLB.com reports.

Olt, who is hoping to compete for the starting third base job during spring training, could wind up serving as a backup at first base, where the team doesn't anyone behind Anthony Rizzo, if he isn't named a starter. Olt made eight appearances at first base in 16 games played in 2012, his last season of major-league action.


Cubs eager to assess Mike Olt's progress in spring training


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2014) The Cubs are eager to see how third baseman Mike Olt will perform this spring now that it appears his vision problems have been corrected, according to MLB.com.

Olt, who hit a disappointing .201 in 107 games last season in the minors, is taking allergy medication, which has helped improve his vision.

"I think we'll see pretty early in camp just how the things he's done in the offseason have had an effect," said Cubs senior vice president of player development Jason McLeod, who added Olt is an "athletic, strong guy who can play third base."


Mike Olt hopes to compete for 3B job


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2013) Cubs infielder Mike Olt indicated Friday that he will hope to compete for the starting third base job for Chicago in spring training 2014, MLB.com reports. 

Olt had a disappointing 2013 season. He hit just .201 over 107 minor league games, primarily at the Triple-A Iowa level. He had 15 homers and 42 RBI with 132 strikeouts and only 55 walks. 

Olt was plagued by vision problems this season, but claims he's over those issues now. He's already working at the Cubs' spring training complex in Arizona. 


Mike Olt to remain in Triple-A for time being


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2013) The Cubs will keep recently acquired infield prospect Mike Olt at Triple-A Iowa until he regains his swing, according to MLB Network. Olt, who was acquired in the Matt Garza trade Monday, hit .213 in 65 games for Triple-A Round Rock.

Olt, who was battling vision problems earlier this season, hit .288 with 28 home runs and 82 RBI in 95 games for Double-A Frisco in 2012.


Matt Garza trade is official


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2013) The Cubs and Rangers trade featuring Matt Garza going to Texas and Mike Olt, C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm going to the Cubs is official, MLB.com reports. The deal also features the Rangers sending two players-to-be-named-later. 

The initial plan for the Rangers is for Garza to start Wednesday against New York. Olt and Grimm were immediately sent to Triple-A Iowa, and Edwards heads to Class A Daytona. 


Rangers sending four players to Cubs in Matt Garza deal


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2013) The trade sending Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers has been finalized, Yahoo! Sports reports Monday. The Cubs sent Garza to the Rangers for infielder Mike Olt, minor league pitcher C.J. Edwards, starting pitcher Justin Grimm and a player-to-be-named-later. 

Grimm has the most major-league experience with 22 appearances and 19 starts with the Rangers over the last two seasons. He was 7-7 this year with a 6.37 ERA over 17 starts with 68 strikeouts over 89 innings. Grimm should jump into the Cubs' rotation in Garza's spot. 

Olt has played in 16 big-league games, all came last season. He hit .152 in 33 at-bats with five RBI. The 24-year-old was batting .213 in 65 games with Triple-A Round Rock. 

Edwards, 21, was playing with Class A Hickory but has shown loads of potential. He's 13-5 over two pro seasons with a 1.68 ERA. He has 122 strikeouts with Hickory this season over 18 starts and 93 1/3 innings.  


Report: Mike Olt, C.J. Edwards in play in Matt Garza talks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2013) Rangers infield prospect Mike Olt and pitching prospect C.J. Edwards are in play in trade talks for Cubs pitcher Matt Garza, Fox Sports reports. A deal between the teams is reportedly getting closer to completion.

The Cubs have asked teams for final offers for Garza, who has been one of the most discussed names on the trade market this season. While the Rangers appear to be the furthest along in trade talks, other teams are thought to be involved in discussions for Garza.


Mike Olt should factor in second half


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/16/2013) Adrian Beltre doesn't figure to vacate the third base spot in Texas anytime soon, but at age 24, Mike Olt is ready to break through in the majors. The Rangers know they're running out of time to redeem his value, which is why they're trying to make him the centerpiece of a deal for Matt Garza.

But even if Olt doesn't go to the Cubs, he's a pretty safe bet to go somewhere at the trade deadline, and wherever he goes, he's pretty much sure to start right away. He's at the point where staying in the minors is doing him more harm than good.

Then again, would you really want him in Fantasy? He's hitting .211 at Triple-A Round Rock. Keep in mind, though, he was dealing with blurred vision for the first month or so. Since returning to the lineup May 31, he's batting .247 with eight homers in 174 at-bats. At worst, he's like a more patient version of Juan Francisco, which makes him worth stashing in deeper Rotisserie leagues.