One of Texas Rangers’ top prospects has struggled mightily on offense. Infielder Mike Olt, who is a rising star in the organization, has seen his fair share of road bumps in 2013. After dominating in Double-A last season, Olt has failed to get even close to his typical numbers in Triple-A. After visiting a doctor, it was revealed that the slugger has been dealing with vision problems.
“It started in Spring Training,” Olt said, according to TexasRangers.com. “It slowly got worse and worse during the season. It got really blurry when I blinked in my right eye. For a month, we couldn’t figure out what was going on.”
The 24-year-old batted .288 with a career-high 28 home runs, 82 RBI, 17 doubles and 65 runs in 354 at-bats for Double-A Frisco in 2012. He was even called up to the big leagues in September due to his top-notch performance. He posted a .152 batting average with 5 RBI in 16 games.
There is no question the Rangers were worried when they saw their pride and joy batting a meager .139 with one home run, six RBI and 32 strikeouts in 72 at-bats with Triple-A Round Rock this season. When one of the most promising players in the organization does a complete 180 after the most successful season of his Minor League career, there is certainly a cause for concern. The good news is Texas has narrowed down the problem.
The doctors found out that Olt’s tear duct in his right eye was not producing tears. He must now use eye drops once a day to solve the problem manually until he can produce tears again. Olt believes the issue started after he suffered a concussion in the Dominican Republic league late last year.
The fact that he has been playing the entire season with blurriness in one eye is unfortunate. The good news is everyone knows Olt is much better player than he has displayed this season, even if it is his first year with Round Rock. Hopefully, the condition will resolve itself so that Olt can continue his progress in Triple-A without any problems.