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20 Mike Olt 3B
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%: 7/1 | Average Draft Position: 760.50
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Maddon: Third base 'wide open' for Cubs


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) New Cubs manager Joe Maddon met with the media at spring training on Friday and admitted he had no idea who would be playing third base for the team. 

Maddon declared the battle for the hot corner wide open

The competition seems to boil down the three options. Mike Olt played 52 games at third for the Cubs last season. He hit .160 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI. He enters spring training as the likely favorite. 

Kris Bryant is the team's third baseman of the future. The second overall pick in the 2013 draft, shot through the farm system in a year and a half. He played 70 games at Triple-A Iowa last season, hitting .295 with 21 home runs and 52 RBI. He hasn't yet made his Major League debut. 

Arismendy Alcantara is also an option. The versatile rookie played 48 games in center and 25 at second base last season and has been praised as being capable of playing anywhere on the field. He hit .205 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI. 


Cubs 3B Mike Olt hoping adjustments pay off in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2015) While Cubs fans might be expecting or hoping for top prospect Kris Bryant to win the starting job at third base this spring, Mike Olt still expects to be in the mix as well, per MLB.com.

"I'm just making sure I'm ready and making the adjustments I need and that I learned from last year," Olt said. "I took a lot out of last year. It took me a while to kind of get over a lot of negative things, but when I started focusing on the positive things I did and the things I can improve on, which were slightly easy adjustments, I think it'll help me."

Olt was the Cubs' opening-day starter at third base in 2014, but he struggled offensively and was even demoted to the minors for a stretch last season.

"I just lost confidence, and that's the most important thing about baseball is confidence," Olt said. "If you can get positive things out of the negatives, and build on that, you can get back on track, and that's what I'm trying to do."

Olt said he will try not to swing so hard at the plate in an effort to make him a more consistent offensive player.

"It's tough to say but when you swing hard, everything starts to fly open, and if I can be quick to the ball, I'll let the natural power take over," he said. "It's tough to tell yourself but when you can calm yourself down, you get in a good position."


Trade of Valbuena doesn't mean Cubs are rushing Bryant to the majors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday the trade of third baseman Luis Valbuena to Houston and third-base prospect Kris Bryant's roster situation are "totally independent" of each other.

Hoyer added Mike Olt, Tommy La Stella and Arismendy Alcantara could play at third base until Chicago feels Bryant is ready for the majors.

"We are not going to speed up that clock," Hoyer said, per ESPN.

Bryant, who was selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2013 MLB draft, has developed into one of the top prospects in baseball. He hit .325 with 43 home runs and 110 RBI in 138 games in the minors in 2014.


Mike Olt to learn corner outfield positions this offseason


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) The Cubs will talk with infielder Mike Olt about learning the corner outfield positions this offseason, ESPNChicago.com reports.

"He's always a threat against left-handed pitching, so he can be a guy that covers the four corners and mashes left-handed pitching," team president Theo Epstein said Friday. "That's a nice default for him if the opportunity to play every day doesn't materialize."

Olt has hit .263/.370/.368 in 38 at-bats since rejoining the Cubs in September.


Mike Olt touts new swing as he rejoins Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) What was expected is now official - the Cubs have recalled third base prospect Mike Olt from Class A Kane County.

Olt revealed that he has incorporated a new swing in which he uses the entire field, per MLB.com. The pull-happy Olt was not a success in his stint in the bigs earlier in the year. He compiled a disturbing stat line of .139/.222/.353 and was hitless in his last 14 at-bats with the Cubs before his demotion.


Mike Olt will return to Cubs in a few days


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Cubs infielder Mike Olt will rejoin the team soon, according to Daily Herald

Olt will play two games in the minors before he's activated by the Cubs. It was thought that a hamstring injury would prevent Olt from a return, but that's no longer the case. Olt was up earlier this season, hitting .139 over 187 at-bats.


Injury won't allow Mike Olt to return in September


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt will not join the team for September roster expansion reports MLB.com, due to a hamstring injury that ended his season at Triple-A Iowa.

Olt has been sidelined since Aug. 19 and was not included with the team's callups in the first few days of the month. Olt hit .139/.222/.353 in 187 at-bats with the Cubs, but was hitting .302 in 106 at-bats prior to the injury at Triple-A. 


Mike Olt hits minor-league DL with hamstring strain


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Cubs minor-league infielder Mike Olt has been placed on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, MLB.com reports.

Olt hit .139/.222/.353 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI in 187 at-bats with the Cubs before being sent to the minors. He owns a .302/.348/.585 line with seven home runs and 24 RBI in 106 at-bats with Triple-A Iowa.


Mike Olt optioned to Triple-A Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Cubs infielder Mike Olt has been optioned to Triple-A Tuesday.

Olt has struggled this season, hitting just .139 over 187 at-bats. He's been able to provide some pop, hitting 12 home runs. Olt was optioned following Tuesday's game. He went 0 for 4, with three strikeouts. 


Cubs might demote Junior Lake or Mike Olt to Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) In order to keep Arismendy Alcantara on the roster, the Cubs might be faced with a difficult decision to to demote outfielder Junior Lake or infielder Mike Olt, who are both struggling offensively, to Triple-A Iowa, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"I don’t want to speculate on any of that," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Saturday. "They’ve been working hard. They stay positive, and they’ve been handling it extremely well. One of the things I try to talk to them about is not to focus so much on the results. I want them to focus on the at-bat."


Manager: Mike Olt 'to continue to develop his skills' in majors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Monday the team has no plans to demote struggling third baseman Mike Olt to the minors.

"If that’s ever to be a situation that we would consider that would be something we would be talking about [internally]," Renteria said, per ESPN. "Right now he’s here with us. He’s going to continue to develop his skills here."

However, Renteria said Olt won't play every day while he struggles offensively.

"We’re going to pick the matchups that put him in a position to have success," Renteria said. "We want him to know he shouldn’t be too concerned about anything. Things happen. You have hiccups. I know there was a time when he was doing very, very well and everybody wanted him in there every single day so we started putting him in there. You give him rope and allow them to go out there and perform and feel the landscape. Now we’re going to pull back a little bit."


Mike Olt not in Thursday lineup for Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) The all-or-nothing results produced this season by Cubs third baseman Mike Olt have resulted in more frequent benchings, including the one he received for the Thursday game against the host Mets. Luis Valbuena is set to man the position instead.

Olt has a ridiculous 53 strikeouts in just 133 at-bats, which has played a huge role in his .158 batting average and .253 on-base percentage. But he does have nine home runs and 24 RBI. Twelve of his 21 hits this season have gone for extra bases.


Mike Olt hits another home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt clubbed another home run Sunday against the Brewers. 

Olt picked up just one hit during the contest, but made it count. Olt led off the fourth inning against Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada. On the third pitch of the at-bat, he hit an 88 mph fastball out to left center for the solo shot. Olt finished the game 1 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Mike Olt returns Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2014) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt has returned to the team's starting lineup Saturday.

Olt was held out of Friday's game in favor of Luis Valbuena. He did appear as a pinch-hitter, but did not reach base. Olt will hit seventh against the Brewers Saturday. He's hitting .179, but has eight home runs.


Mike Olt takes a seat Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt was not in the team's starting lineup Friday.

Olt will be replaced by Luis Valbuena at third. Olt is hitting .181, with eight at-bats, over 94 at-bats this year. He'll likely return to the lineup Saturday. 


Mike Olt happy with results since changing approach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt has been working on a new approach at the plate over the last week, and he's happy with the early returns, per ESPN. He is batting .261 (6 for 23) with four home runs and eight RBI in his last six games.

"I'm not worried about the hits, they'll come," said Olt, who is batting .187. "I was happy with my approach in every at-bat [Monday against the Cardinals]. Had a plan going into the game and didn't second guess myself."


Mike Olt's getting results with new plate approach


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Cubs infielder Mike Olt has a new approach at the plate, and the results are starting to show, according to MLB.com on Friday. Olt has homered in back-to-back games, including a grand slam on Thursday. He has four hits in his last 12 at-bats, improving his batting average from .156 to .184 over that span.

"I was being overaggressive, then I was being under-aggressive," Olt said. "I was kind of in-between, I wasn't committing myself to my approach, so I just kind of stood back and relaxed. And when I go out there and I have that approach, I stick with it, instead of being indecisive."


Mike Olt finding his power swing


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Cubs infielder Mike Olt homered for the second game in a row Thursday, in a 12-5 win over the White Sox.

Olt was 2 for 4 in the game, with the big blow coming on an eighth-inning grand slam. He scored just once, while adding a strikeout as well.

Olt continues to have contact issues, but now has six home runs in 28 games. He has also drive in 16 runs and scored nine in 76 at-bats, while striking out 28 times. 


Mike Olt puts end to power drought


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt hit a solo home run during Wednesday's 8-3 loss against the White Sox, snapping a streak of 10 games without a home run. It was his fifth home run.

Olt has homered three times in his last 15 games (12 starts), but he is not hitting well over that stretch, batting .130 (6 for 46). His three other hits in his last 15 games have been singles. Olt also has 21 strikeouts and seven RBI since April 16.


Mike Olt sitting Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt is not in the team's starting lineup Friday against the Cardinals. 

Olt is in a bit of a slump, with just four hits over his last 10 games. He'll be replaced by Luis Valbuena at third. Valbuena will hit second in the order. Olt is hitting .164 in 61 at-bats.


Mike Olt to see more playing time at third base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Tuesday it's time to start playing Mike Olt at third base more often, per The Chicago Sun-Times.

"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 (Wednesday) again."

Olt is welcoming the opportunity for more playing time at third base.

"That’d be great," Olt said of getting regular playing time. "I definitely did a lot of work to get myself ready. I definitely feel I’m ready for the task and can build off the last couple games and go from there."


Mike Olt hits fourth homer Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt continued his all-or-nothing season Tuesday, clubbing his fourth home run of the season in a 9-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

Olt went 1 for 4 in the game and struck out twice, giving him eight strikeouts in the last four games. Still, he clubbed a three-run shot in the fifth inning to provide what would ultimately be the winning margin in the game.

Olt is hitting just .195, but is providing the kind of power that became his calling card in the minors. Of his eight hits in 16 games, four are home runs and five are for extra bases. He has a .195/.250/.512 line in 41 at-bats. 


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.