The 2014 season is an important one for Mike Olt. With corrective eye surgery, a once top minor league prospect has worked his way back to performing at the big-league level. Olt made his first Opening Day roster this season for the Chicago Cubs and has been up all season with the team. He is one player who needs to perform well in order to stay within the future plans of the franchise. After a slow start, Olt is starting to show improvements with his game.
Olt’s batting average will not impress many, but when he is able to make contact he is able to make them count. Olt has nine home runs thus far, with many being of the moonshot variety. He is also producing a good amount of RBIs as well. In trying to find a comparison for Olt at the plate, the name Jay Buhner comes to mind. Both are big, tall right-handed hitters capable of sending the ball a long way. They both swing hard and drop a big barrel on the ball through the zone. A 15-year career like Buhner is something that Olt can currently strive for.
Along with extended playing time in order to continue to develop, Olt has also learned the art of productive outs. He is putting the ball in play more often and his strikeouts are reducing. Now healthy, his defense is also improving as he is diving, knocking down balls on a regular basis and making plays.
His recent play is deserving of even more playing time and could also be an audition to stay a part of the team once the current minor league prospects begin to be called upon. With an improving approach at the plate, Olt is showing signs of progression within the Cubs’ ranks.
Nick Schaeflein is a Chicago Cubs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.