Originally written on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 12/15/14
Mike Olt versus Luis Valbuena is not quite comparable to Muhammad Ali versus Joe Frazier trading blows in the boxing ring. However, the spring training battle for the Chicago Cubs starting third base job is one of the most intriguing matchups for Cubs fans to follow.  Although Olt has out-produced Valbuena to date this spring, we would still give Mike Olt the starting position on opening day even if he had not done so. That’s because Mike Olt offers far more upside than Vabuena and more clarity to the Cubs rebuilding plans. Let’s take a brief step back before wading into the competition. Prior to the 2013 season, the right-handed hitting Olt, then in the Texas Rangers system, was ranked as the 32nd best minor league prospect by both MLB.com and Baseball America.  He had enhanced his standing with a 2012 campaign at AA Frisco where he batted .288 with 28 home runs, 82 RBI, 61 walks, a .398 OBP and a .597 slugging percentage.  It was during the 2012 season, when the Cubs traded Ryan ...
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