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8/27/1988 (28 y, 7 m)
2010 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1s, Pick: 17, Overall: 49, Team: Texas Rangers
$0.5M / 1 Years (2014)
Olt made his first appearance in Grapefruit League action Saturday, entering as a pinch-runner and playing first base. (3/19/2017)
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Profile: He strikes out too much. He's old. Yes, there are negative elements to Mike Olt's game preventing him from being an elite prospect. But, don't allow his negative attributes to discolor your analysis and dissuade you from pursuing one of the minor league's top sluggers. He couples huge raw power with a selective approach, making him an major threat in three of the five traditional categories. He will be especially dangerous if your league considers walks or on base percentage. Olt's biggest asset over the next two seasons may be his position eligibility as he could be the Rangers' primary back up at first, third and in the corners. Playing time may be scare early on, but an injury or a trade could quickly make Olt a starter. (
The Quick Opinion:
Mike Olt may be a versatile fantasy asset as he should see sporadic playing time at first, third, and the outfield with the Rangers. His power output will justify his a roster spot despite a subpar batting average. (
Olt's 2013 was a washout due to concussion and vision problems. He's a sneaky good post-hype sleeper going forward. Olt has too much swing and miss in his game to project as a high batting average hitter, but he gets on base and will hit for plenty of power. Where Olt fits on the Cubs isn't clear. Second overall pick Kris Bryant was drafted as a third baseman, but could be forced off the hot corner by the time he reaches the majors. His defense at the posiiton hasn't impressed. Incumbent third baseman Luis Valbuena has been decent with the glove but is far from an overwhelming option, particularly with the bat. Olt has a lot of risk in terms of health, performance and playing time for 2014, but he's a good player and could outperform expectations if he gets a chance. (Al Skorupa)
The Quick Opinion:
Olt is coming off a lost 2013 season dogged by concussion, vision and performance problems. Now with the Cubs, he may get a chance to show what he can do but he remains a considerable risk.
Mike Olt was very recently an exciting Rangers prospect, smashing Double-A so hard he reached the majors at age 23 without even first trying on Triple-A to see if it fit. Well, turns out the majors were not the right size, and he now has a .221/.312/.418 slash across two seasons in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. His contact issues in the minors -- issues which grew with each promotion -- have manifested themselves in the majors with a 37.9% strikeout rate. His 38.8% strikeout rate in 2014 was bad enough to lead the majors, minimum 250 plate appearances. Were Javier Baez not striking out at a 41% rate, Olt's discipline issues would be the worst of any position player with just 80 plate appearances. Olt has also flexed a some power, both in the minors and his brief major league career. His 12 homers in 2014 prorate out to about 28 homers in a full season, but given the Cubs' crowded infield situation, Olt is unlikely to get a full MLB season. Even with Luis Valbuena traded to Houston, Super Prospect Kris Bryant is thundering over the horizon, poised to take the job away by mid season. In other words: The obstacles to Olt's fantasy relevance go deeper than his contact issues. (
The Quick Opinion:
Olt has struggled in Triple-A; he has flatlined in the majors; and he has to wrest the starting job at third in Chicago. In other words, Mike Olt is between a rock and a Kris Bryant, and he has one last chance to be fantasy relevant in the limited time it will take Bryant to be ready.
Olt has big power. Olt strikes out a ton. Three teams have given him a shot, and he hasn’t done much as evidenced by last season’s .191 batting average representing a career high. He’s now stuck firmly behind Todd Frazier with the White Sox and would need an injury to gain consistent playing time. It’s tempting to imagine some scenario where things click for the 27-year-old. After all, the power is rare. He only hit four home runs last season, but they traveled an average distance of 436.8 feet, 15 feet farther than the leader on ESPN’s Home Run Tracker (Olt didn’t hit nearly enough home runs to qualify for the leaderboard). His 12 homers in 2014 averaged a still-mighty 391.8 feet. The reality is he likely wouldn’t be a useful fantasy player even if Frazier was injured. The results have just been too ugly. Olt has increased the rate at which he swings at pitches out of the zone at every stop. While he’s maintained a steadily patient approach, he’s simply unable to make much contact when he swings. Olt whiffed on 37% of the fastballs he swung at and 52% of the breaking balls he swung at last season. (Adam McFadden)
The Quick Opinion:
Olt’s contact issues undermine his great power. He also doesn’t have a starting spot. It’s time for fantasy owners to move on from this former top prospect.
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