One underrated player that is sitting in the heart of the team’s batting order is 3B Mike Olt. The 25-year-old came over this off-season from the Texas Rangers and the slugger is finally ready to inherit a full-time job at the hot corner.
Olt crushed 28 home runs back in 2012 and finished with 82 RBIs. He showed serious power and was flying up prospect rankings as a result. Unfortunately, problems with his vision quickly earned him a ticket out of town. He was having problems tracking the ball, and as a result, he posted a disgusting .201 batting average in 2013. He also hit just 15 homers, which was a far cry from the 28 he slugged in the previous season.
After being tortured with the Rangers for years, Olt now finds himself in a position to make a big league club. Olt has posted a respectable .276 average in 19 games this spring and he has blasted five homers already. He finally looks comfortable in the batter’s box again.
Chicago has been gushing over his potential al month and the team seems ready to hand him the start gig. Olt may have to battle with Luis Valbuena for time at third at some point this season, but all indications have Olt getting first crack at the hot corner.
Olt is worth a final roster spot in deeper leagues and could surprise people with a full workload. He won’t have a 30-homer season, but he could end up easily slugging between 15-20 long balls this year.