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."
Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:07:46 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria said 3B Mike Olt will continue to develop at the major league level.
Tue, 13 May 2014 16:14:56 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria said he will continue to mix and match 3Bs Luis Valbuena and Mike Olt at third base, with Olt facing more left-handers. Olt leads all National League rookies with eight home runs, but he's hitting only .187 and has 32 strikeouts in 91 at-bats. Renteria said there will be a day when Olt receives more regular playing time, though.
Fantasy Tip: Olt is a nice source of power, but his inconsistent playing time and low batting average hurts too much in mixed leagues. For now, consider Olt a nice power product in NL-only leagues.
Thu, 08 May 2014 23:35:26 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Mike Olt hit his first career grand slam in a 12-5 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, May 8. Olt homered in the game along with 1B Anthony Rizzo and SS Starlin Castro.
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.