Will Mike Olt Get A Shot With Chicago Cubs In 2013?

By Randy Holt
Mike Olt
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The Chicago Cubs have officially reached the point in the season where they have thrown in the towel and it’s time to start looking toward next year. Not only that, they’re also working through some injury woes right now, including to third baseman Luis Valbuena, who recently went to the disabled list.

Which would provide a perfect opportunity for the Cubs to call up recently acquired prospect Mike Olt. The only issue is that Olt hasn’t really hit since joining the Cubs’ Triple-A club in Iowa. That’s a trend that has carried on through most of the year, following a miserable start, in more than one way.

Olt sort of fell off the map in Texas, with an early season injury leading to some vision problems, which ultimately led to his failing to stay on pace with the other highly-touted prospects in the game. An above average third baseman with the glove who can also mash, Olt was a key piece of the Matt Garza deal.

Since joining the Cubs, Olt has posted an average of just .125 at Iowa. He’s struck out 16 times in 50 plate appearances, has only walked twice, and has knocked in only two runs. It’s been a rough start, despite him starting to round into form with the stick just before the trade took place.

This recent stretch by Olt is a frustrating one for the Cubs, who would surely like to see him up with the big club before the end of the season. With Valbuena going down, had Olt continued on his solid pace he started up back in early July, it would have given him a shot to get the call.

The question of whether or not Mike Olt will get a chance with the Cubs simply hinges on his performance for the remainder of the year. If he can pick up the pace and recover from his miserable start with Iowa, he should easily get a callup, and plenty of playing time, when September rolls around. If not, he might have to take a fresh start and hope he comes back at 100 percent in 2014.

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