The Book on Mike Olt
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Mike Olt / 3B, TEX
Branford, CT, USA
School: U Connecticut
192 | 2/8/2013
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (5/21/2013): #36
MLB.com/MiLB.com Season Preview: #22
Scout.com/FOX Sports: #12
Minor League Ball (Sickels): #29
Baseball America 2013: #22
Baseball Prospectus: #30
Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
A rapidly-maturing slugger in the Rangers system, Mike Olt ('Mike Olt!') is a legit third-base candidate whose defense is already passable, though his first-step could use some improvement. Olt hit .288/.398/.579 with 28 dingers at AA Frisco in 2012, good enough to enter discussions as a 2013 starting possibility in Arlington, despite the lack of any clear position at which for him to play. A subject of trade rumors all winter long, he's still an attractive piece to many MLB teams, though the Rangers would probably prefer to keep him in-house.
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News and Notes
12/10/2012 by KDaddy
According to SI.com, the Rangers are dangling Mike Olt, one of the two or three best hitting prospects in baseball, in the hope of prying Cy Young winner RA Dickey from the Mets. Dickey spent the first ten years of his professional career with the Rangers, of course, before being released and becoming a resurgent knuckleballer. (Also, Dickey is 38. Olt is 24. Just saying.)
8/12/2012 by KDaddy
Welcome to the big time. Mike Olt, pinch hitting situationally for Mitch Moreland, drove in the game-winning hit in the Rangers' victory over the Tigers last night. Expect to see Olt substituting for Moreland and other Rangers more often in the weeks to come, and starting against lefthanders. Ron Washington will have a nice problem here, squeezing a lot of quality bats into a nine-man lineup.
8/9/2012 by KDaddy
In a day filled with surprise moves in the AL, the Rangers have decided to join the fun, and have called up top hitting prospect Mike Olt from AA. He's still a bit raw, but his power could give Texas the boost they need to hold off both the rival Angels and surprise Athletics in what has quickly become one of the most interesting divisions in baseball. If he shows success early, it could also make things easier for the team to sever ties with the problematically underperforming Josh Hamilton in the offseason... or even sooner.
2/20/2012 by KDaddy
According to the Dallas News, the Rangers are still committed to testing Mike Olt at first base for at least some of this season. While it's a shame to waste his defense that way, it would definitely get him to MLB sooner, and probably while Adrian Beltre is still manning the other corner in Texas. It could also open up a clear path to third for Villanueva later.