Mike Olt
Mike Olt
31-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Twins in January of 2019. Released by the Twins in March of 2019.
Announces retirement
3BFree Agent  
October 25, 2019
Olt announced his retirement from baseball Friday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Once a well-regarded prospect, Olt's career didn't end up panning out as he would have hoped. He last played in the big leagues in 2015 and hit just .168/.250/.330 over 400 major-league plate appearances.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Mike Olt
Thursday Lineup Card: Hey, Mikie!
September 23, 2015
Mikie Mahtook should get steady full-time at-bats down the stretch over the last week and a half of the season.
Monday Lineup Card: Still STARlin?
September 20, 2015
Starlin Castro is red-hot for the Cubs, hitting .391 with four home runs and 13 RBI over the last 15 games.
AL FAAB Factor: New Shoe
AL FAAB Factor: New Shoe
September 20, 2015
September 20, 2015
Matt Shoemaker will return to the Angels' rotation Sunday, but is he worth a FAAB dart this late in the year? RotoWire's Andrew Martinez answers that question and more in this week's AL FAAB Factor.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: Pale Hose Double-Dip
September 19, 2015
Erik Siegrist ranks the hitter matchups this week with the White Sox on top thanks to a doubleheader.
AL FAAB Factor: Down the Stretch
September 13, 2015
RotoWire's Andrew Martinez writes about the hot-hitting J.P. Arencibia and others in this week's AL FAAB Factor.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Olt’s time as a Cub came to a close after Kris Bryant took over as the Cubs’ starting third baseman, and the club designated Olt for assignment shortly after he recovered from a lengthy wrist injury. The White Sox picked Olt up via waivers and used him at third base for much of the remainder of the season, with meager results. There may still be the boom in his bat that made him prospect-famous before the 2013 season, but big league success has been hard to find while he strikes out in a third of his plate appearances. Still, the White Sox have few internal options at third, so he should be in the running for a starting role come spring.
Olt came into the season as a bit of a fantasy sleeper after a strong spring, and although he hit 12 home runs in his first season as a Cub, he was demoted in July with an abysmal .139 batting average. He rebounded a tad when he was promoted in September, hitting .263 with six walks in 38 at-bats, but he only drove in three runs during that span and didn't hit a home run. He has a powerful bat, but he connects so rarely (100 strikeouts in 225 at-bats!) that he's always going to be a batting average drain. With Kris Bryant looking like the future at the hot corner, the window may have slammed shut on Olt.
Once one of the jewels of the Texas minor league system, the Rangers traded Olt in the Matt Garza deal in July. And with good reason, as the slugging third baseman struck out 89 times and was hitting just .213 in 65 games for Triple-A Round Rock when he was dealt. Olt was even worse for Triple-A Iowa, posting just a .551 OPS in 131 at-bats. The Cubs have plenty of good options at third base in the minors, so unless Olt starts showing the bat that destroyed the Texas League in 2012, he's going to be passed on the organizational depth chart soon.
Olt wasted away on the Texas bench following a late-season callup, partly due to injury and partly because "That's the way baseball go" was at the helm. He skipped Triple-A Round Rock entirely, blasting his way through the Texas League at a .288/.398/.579 clip. Adrian Beltre isn't going anywhere any time soon, so Olt could inherit the first base role full-time if Texas elects to keep Ian Kinsler at second base and start Jurickson Profar in the minors to begin the year.
Olt was sidelined two months with a broken collarbone, but he showed good power and patience in his first full season after being drafted in 2010. He managed 15 doubles, 14 homers and 48 walks in just 240 at-bats at High-A Myrtle Beach, though the 70 strikeouts are a bit troubling. His Arizona Fall League season earned him a spot on the AFL Top Prospects team, as his .349/.433/.764 line was fueled by 13 homers in just 106 at-bats. Strikeouts were again a problem however, as he fanned 36 times against just 15 walks, which could lead to some struggles upon his initial exposure at Double-A Frisco. The power projects at the major league level if he can make consistent contact.
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Released by Twins
3BMinnesota Twins  
March 27, 2019
Olt was released by the Twins on Saturday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
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Signs with Twins
3BMinnesota Twins  
January 28, 2019
Olt signed a minor-league contract with the Twins on Sunday, according to his personal Instagram account.
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Inks minors deal with Red Sox
3BBoston Red Sox  
December 27, 2017
Olt agreed to a minor-league deal with the Red Sox, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
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Makes spring debut Saturday
3BBoston Red Sox  
March 19, 2017
Olt made his first appearance in Grapefruit League action Saturday, entering as a pinch-runner and playing first base.
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Agrees to minor league deal with Red Sox
3BBoston Red Sox  
February 7, 2017
Olt signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox on Tuesday, according to a post on Olt's Instagram account.
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