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Even though Mike Olt is still in big league camp, he’s blocked at his natural position (third base) and is anything but a lock to make the Opening Day roster. As was the case following his call-up last August, the 24-year-old has also received playing time in right field, where his adjustments and athleticism have impressed manager Ron Washington.
After batting .152/.250/.182 in the major leagues over the final two months of the 2012 season, followed by a .194/.324/.419 slash line this spring, Olt has yet to establish his bat against top-notch pitching. However, he's still showcased plus raw power this spring, as three of his six hits have been for extra-bases, including two home runs. Furthermore, his six walks in 37 plate appearances reflects the same mature approach he's exhibited since entering the Rangers' system.
But most importantly, Olt's overwhelming success in the minor leagues, highlighted by .288/.398/.579 average with 24 home runs in 95 games last season at Double-A, suggest that he's ready to contribute when given an everyday opportunity.