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30 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%: 8/1 | Average Draft Position: 271.38
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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.


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.