Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:20:34 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Mike Olt and OF Junior Lake are receiving starts against a right-handed pitcher Thursday, April 10. Manager Rick Renteria explained the move because of the fact that Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole has similar splits against righties and lefties. "These are two young players who we're going to try to get them as much playing time as we can," Renteria said of Olt and Lake. "We're trying to find spots that can give them an opportunity to gain some confidence." OFs Ryan Sweeney and Nate Schierholtz are batting .174 and .118 respectively against righties this year.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:19:31 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Junior Lake and 3B Mike Olt haven't started against a right-handed pitcher through seven games this year. Lake is frustrated by his lack of playing time and feels that he's pressing because he's only facing lefty hurlers. General manager Jed Hoyer said the matchups that two of the right-handed pitchers they've faced are power-sinker types that did better against righty bats than lefties.
Fantasy Tip: It may require patience, but now is probably a good time to stash Lake if he has been dropped. He was hitting above his head last year, but part of it was justified because he made so much hard contact. He's a burgeoning source of power and speed that could make a bigger dent for fantasy lineups as the summer.
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:23:57 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Mike Olt has made the team's opening day roster, as has OF Ryan Kalish. "Making sure he can play third base, that was really the key once it was clear his bat was ready," general manager Jed Hoyer said. "Over the past two weeks it was pretty clear if he was able to play third base we wanted the bat at Wrigley Field." Heading into the game Thursday, March 27, Olt was hitting .275 with five home runs and 12 RBIs this spring. Manager Rick Renteria isn't committing to Olt playing every day at the hot corner, though, with 3B Luis Valbuena still in the picture.
Fantasy Tip: Olt has impressive power, but his prospect allure wore off last season with Texas when he developed serious vision problems that affected his statistics. He's flying under the radar now, and even though he may split time with Valbuena, he could become valuable in mixed leagues.
Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:20:07 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Mike Olt (shoulder) will start at third base for the first time this spring Thursday, March 20, after being resigned to designated hitter and first base duties before due to a shoulder injury.
Fantasy Tip: Olt probably won't have enough time at third to prove he should be the starter at the hot corner to open the season. That'll likely fall to a platoon between Luis Valbuena and Donnie Murphy. However, keep Olt on your radar, especially in NL-only leagues, if he gets off to a hot start down on the farm.
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:55:00 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Mike Olt (shoulder) will play first base this weekend, but he'll soon move back across the diamond to third base. He's been limited to first base and designated hitter in camp due to a right shoulder injury. However, it doesn't bother him while hitting; he clubbed two home runs Wednesday, March 12.
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 06:23:49 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Mike Olt had three hits, including two homers, with three RBI Wednesday, March 12. The vision problems he was having last year have cleared up. He's hitting .333 this spring.
Fantasy Tip: Olt is a not-so-dark horse to earn frequent, if not full-time, at-bats at third base for the Cubbies. Luis Valbuena is the platoon majority option. Emilio Bonifacio may get time there versus southpaws. Super-prospect Kris Bryant may make his way there late in the season. But the formerly touted Texas Rangers tyke could deliver post-hype power for fantasy prospectors now that he can actually see pitches.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:11:26 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Mike Olt (shoulder), who has been dealing with a tender shoulder, is close to playing games at third base. "I've thrown there the last couple of days. My velocity is right where it needs to be," he said.
Sun, 02 Mar 2014 11:45:00 -0800
Chicago Cubs 1B/3B Mike Olt (shoulder) is scheduled to start at first base Monday, March 3, in a "B" game against the San Francisco Giants. He had been limited to a designated-hitter role because of a tender right shoulder.
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:42:57 -0800
Chicago Cubs 3B Mike Olt (shoulder) has yet to play third base this spring because the team is taking a cautious approach. Olt is dealing with tenderness in his right shoulder. He will be the designated hitter Saturday, March 1.
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:40:41 -0800
Chicago Cubs 3B Mike Olt (arm) is dealing with a sore arm and was forced to serve as the designated hitter Wednesday, Feb. 26. He'll also serve as the DH Thursday, Feb. 27.