Chicago Cubs News- Mike Olt has his eyes set on the playing third base for the Chicago Cubs this season. A couple of years ago he was a promising prospect in the Texas Rangers organization until a game changing event happened. Olt has put that behind him and is looking ahead.
On The Rise
Olt was originally drafted in the second round of the 2010 draft by the Texas Rangers and saw himself rising through the system. Following the 2010 and 2011 seasons he was rated the “Best Power Hitter” in the system according to Baseball America. In 2012, while in AA, Olt really started to display his power. Playing just 95 games he hit 28 home runs with a .579 SLG and a .977 OPS. He became the No. 2 prospect in a system whose big club reached the playoffs for three consecutive seasons. Following that same season Baseball America ranked him the No. 22 prospect in all of baseball.
2012 Dominican Winter League
After Mike Olt had a brief call up for the Texas Rangers they sent him to the Dominican Republic to get some more at bats. It was on November 3, 2012 when he was struck in the head from by a fastball. The pitch was unintentional and didn’t seem to be that bad. He finished the season and everything seemed to be fine.
2013 Spring Training
Months after the incident Olt started to experience blurry vision. He told Dom Amore of The Hartford Courant,
“I thought I was just rusty. I never wanted to bring it up. I didn’t want to think about it. I kept thinking I could get past it. I struggled before in my career, but never for more than two weeks or three weeks.”
“We didn’t know what was going on and it’s as crazy as could be. Eyes are the most important thing — you try not to think about the worst, but it came into my head here and there.”
2013 Trade to Chicago Cubs
On July 22, 2013 Olt was dealt to the Cubs in a trade for Matt Garza. The Cubs had tried to land Olt the year before when they traded Ryan Dempster to the Rangers but they couldn’t get it done. With the head injury and falling numbers, in the minors, the Rangers felt it was time to send him off when the Cubs came knocking again.
2014 Spring Training
Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times feels that his vision is back and an optimistic Olt had this to say,
“I wouldn’t say that. The past couple days I’ve taken live BP, and just getting in there and just picking up some things – I definitely think I’m ahead of schedule for how I usually am at this time. So I think that’s more of a sign.”
He has now been prescribed eye drops to alleviate his blurry vision which helps him stay confident. Without having to think about his vision he has the ability to just play.
Coming into this spring Olt was expected to compete with Luis Valbuena for the third base job and he definitely will, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. As the days go on he gains even more certainty with his abilities and thinks less about his eye problems. It won’t be a lack of confidence that keeps him from succeeding.
“I know that I belong. I belong in the big leagues. I’ve just got to make sure I stay healthy and make sure I’m on everything and just let my abilities take over.”
Sources: Baseball America; The Hartford Courant; Chicago Sun-Times
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