Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:35:23 -0800
Chicago Cubs 3B Mike Olt is the front-runner to win the third base job over 3B Kris Bryant to start the season. However, Bryant hit .325/.438/.661 with 43 homers in the minors last year, and he'll likely be starting in Chicago by midseason or season if he keeps that up. Olt, though, saw marked improvement late last year and could re-establish himself as a lineup fixture this spring. 2B Arismendy Alcantara could also see time at the hot corner. The Cubbies have said they do not want to rush things with Bryant.
Fantasy Tip: Despite the fact that Bryant is likely to start 2015 in the minors again, he'll probably continue to be overvalued by fantasy baseball drafters. For that fact alone, Olt could be a nice sleeper target in NL-only leagues for his power stroke, but he'll need to make much more contact to last in the starting lineup and hold off Bryant.
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 08:11:10 -0700
The Chicago Cubs will talk to 3B Mike Olt about the possibility of learning to play a corner outfield position during the offseason, according to team president Theo Epstein. Olt will continue to work at first base and third base.
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:18:33 -0700
Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo is not in the starting lineup Thursday, Sept. 18. 3B Mike Olt is playing first base and batting sixth. Rizzo is expected to play every other day for the remainder of the season.
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:26:43 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Mike Olt (hamstring) was recalled from Single-A Kane County Friday, Sept. 5.
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:58:00 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Mike Olt (hamstring) is playing for Single-A Kane County Wednesday, Sept. 3. He could be recalled to the Cubs Friday, Sept. 5, if he is ready.
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:51:27 -0700
The Chicago Cubs placed 3B Mike Olt (hamstring) on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Iowa due to a strained hamstring.
Fantasy Tip: You'd have to think Olt will be among the September call-ups, but right now he has to get healthy first.
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:25:06 -0700
Chicago Cubs SP Tsuyoshi Wada was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. In a corresponding move, 3B Mike Olt was demoted to Iowa.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:23:02 -0700
The Chicago Cubs optioned 3B Mike Olt to Triple-A Iowa Tuesday, July 22. He was hitless in four at-bats with three strikeouts against the San Diego Padres. This move makes room on the roster for SP Tsuyoshi Wada.
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:44:01 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Mike Olt has been working with hitting coach Bill Mueller to simplify his approach at the plate and to improve his confidence.
Fantasy Tip: Olt leads all National League rookies with 11 homers this year, but he is hitting just .150. His power potential is intriguing, but he will have to improve his batting average significantly before he warrants consideration in standard fantasy leagues.
Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:56:18 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Mike Olt said he's not worried about his 0-for-16 slump at the plate. He's hitting only .153 on the year but has nine home runs. 3B Luis Valbuena is starting at third base Monday, June 9. "Things are starting to come around," Olt said. "All it takes is one thing to click, and next thing you know, you're 30 for the next 60. I feel good."