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20 Mike Olt 3B

Chicago Cubs

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
7%1%
Key Stats
ABHRAVGRBIRSB
22512.16033230
Batting Summary
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2014CHC89225233612332510001.248.356.160

Player Updates

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Maddon: Third base 'wide open' for Cubs
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

New Cubs manager Joe Maddon met with the media at spring training on Friday and admitted he had no idea who would be playing third base for the team. 

Maddon declared the battle for the hot corner wide open

The competition seems to boil down the three options. Mike Olt played 52 games at third for the Cubs last season. He hit .160 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI. He enters spring training as the likely favorite. 

Kris Bryant is the team's third baseman of the future. The second overall pick in the 2013 draft, shot through the farm system in a year and a half. He played 70 games at Triple-A Iowa last season, hitting .295 with 21 home runs and 52 RBI. He hasn't yet made his Major League debut. 

Arismendy Alcantara is also an option. The versatile rookie played 48 games in center and 25 at second base last season and has been praised as being capable of playing anywhere on the field. He hit .205 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI. 

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Cubs 3B Mike Olt hoping adjustments pay off in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

While Cubs fans might be expecting or hoping for top prospect Kris Bryant to win the starting job at third base this spring, Mike Olt still expects to be in the mix as well, per MLB.com.

"I'm just making sure I'm ready and making the adjustments I need and that I learned from last year," Olt said. "I took a lot out of last year. It took me a while to kind of get over a lot of negative things, but when I started focusing on the positive things I did and the things I can improve on, which were slightly easy adjustments, I think it'll help me."

Olt was the Cubs' opening-day starter at third base in 2014, but he struggled offensively and was even demoted to the minors for a stretch last season.

"I just lost confidence, and that's the most important thing about baseball is confidence," Olt said. "If you can get positive things out of the negatives, and build on that, you can get back on track, and that's what I'm trying to do."

Olt said he will try not to swing so hard at the plate in an effort to make him a more consistent offensive player.

"It's tough to say but when you swing hard, everything starts to fly open, and if I can be quick to the ball, I'll let the natural power take over," he said. "It's tough to tell yourself but when you can calm yourself down, you get in a good position."

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Trade of Valbuena doesn't mean Cubs are rushing Bryant to the majors
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday the trade of third baseman Luis Valbuena to Houston and third-base prospect Kris Bryant's roster situation are "totally independent" of each other.

Hoyer added Mike Olt, Tommy La Stella and Arismendy Alcantara could play at third base until Chicago feels Bryant is ready for the majors.

"We are not going to speed up that clock," Hoyer said, per ESPN.

Bryant, who was selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2013 MLB draft, has developed into one of the top prospects in baseball. He hit .325 with 43 home runs and 110 RBI in 138 games in the minors in 2014.

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Mike Olt to learn corner outfield positions this offseason
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Cubs will talk with infielder Mike Olt about learning the corner outfield positions this offseason, ESPNChicago.com reports.

"He's always a threat against left-handed pitching, so he can be a guy that covers the four corners and mashes left-handed pitching," team president Theo Epstein said Friday. "That's a nice default for him if the opportunity to play every day doesn't materialize."

Olt has hit .263/.370/.368 in 38 at-bats since rejoining the Cubs in September.

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Mike Olt touts new swing as he rejoins Cubs
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

What was expected is now official - the Cubs have recalled third base prospect Mike Olt from Class A Kane County.

Olt revealed that he has incorporated a new swing in which he uses the entire field, per MLB.com. The pull-happy Olt was not a success in his stint in the bigs earlier in the year. He compiled a disturbing stat line of .139/.222/.353 and was hitless in his last 14 at-bats with the Cubs before his demotion.

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CBSSports.com Player Ranking
Position Current Last Week Rating
Third Basemen 39 16.82
Situational Stats
SituationABHHROBPSLGAVG
vs Milwaukee1921 .217 .263 .105
vs Fiers (Career)000000
vs RHP146236 .240 .322 .158
Last 7 Games
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Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2012TEX1633250551311 .250 .182 .152
2013TEX-CHC0000000000 --- --- ---
2014CHC89225233612332510001 .248 .356 .160
Total 105258254112383011312 .248 .333 .159
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2012TEX1B885346612 .981
2012TEX3B5290810 .889
2012TEXOF2143010 .750
2014CHC1B129979340101.000
2014CHC3B524899207274 .929
Total  7668262162901016 .962
More Batting Stats
YearTeam2B3BTBSFSHHBPIBBGDP
2012TEX10620001
2013TEX-CHC00000000
2014CHC808050303
Total 908670304
Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2010ASX-Spokane Indians692635777161943407760 .390 .464 .293
2011R-AZL Rangers4142300141500 .267 .429 .214
2011AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican6924039641501442487001 .387 .504 .267
2012AA-Frisco RoughRiders953546510217128826110140 .398 .579 .288
2013AA-Frisco RoughRiders312142012--600 .333 .750 .333
2013AAA-Iowa Cubs3913111223138203700 .276 .275 .168
2013AAA-Round Rock Express6523037491501132358900 .317 .422 .213
Total 344124421232168367213205385101 .364 .479 .258
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-2/210
Birthdate:
8/27/1988
Age:
26
Hometown:
New Haven, CT
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Chicago Cubs
College:

MLB Experience:
2
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