Iowa Cubs' Mike Olt starting to feel comfortable

Former Texas Rangers prospect returned to form after eye problem was solved.
by Michael Baldwin Published: July 26, 2013
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RedHawks center fielder George Springer and Olt, both top-25 minor league prospects, were teammates at Connecticut.

“I have no doubts Mike will have a long career in the big leagues, be an impact player,” Springer said. “He's incredible in the field and is an extremely talented hitter, a smart hitter. That's what goes underestimated about him, his ability to adjust.”

Named the Rangers' Minor League Player of the Year after slamming 28 homers last season, Olt is more than a power hitter. One of the best defensive third basemen in the minors, Olt could someday win a Gold Glove.

“I played shortstop my freshmen and sophomore years at UConn but got in a bad slump defensively my sophomore year,” Olt said. “After I moved to third base, that was the first time I took a lot of pride in my defense. After that it became a constant part of my game.

“I made improvement in my range. Along the way I've picked up little details from players like Adrian Beltre. I now take a lot of pride in my defense.”

Olt also takes pride in his hitting. He has 12 homers and owns a respectable .316 on-base percentage this season.

“He has high upside. Hopefully he can get off to a good start here,” Pevey said. “He plays tremendous defense. Right now he's swinging a little uphill. We need to flatten his swing out and get him to a point he's making more solid contact.”

Olt views staying in Triple-A as a positive.

“When I get up there (in the majors) I want to feel like myself,” Olt said. “I've shown signs of getting back to where I need to be. I've come a long way since the eye injury. I'm starting to feel real comfortable.”


by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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