Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 2 days ago

Olt is poised for a significant role at third base to start the season following Kris Bryant getting sent to minor league camp on Monday.

Olt will probably hit a couple home runs while Bryant is in the minor leagues, but his .159 career average should be enough to scare off most owners in standard leagues. With Bryant expected to be called up around April 17, Olt's shelf life as a usable fantasy option will be short. If Olt has a bad matchup or is struggling mightily, Tommy La Stella can slide over to third base in the short term.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 5 days ago

Hit hit his third home run of the spring Thursday.

Olt hit two home runs in the first week of the exhibition season, and then went through a bit of a drought. He's struck out 13 times in 36 at-bats, but with eight runs, seven RBI, and seven walks, he's actually playing pretty well. He looks like the Opening Day starter at the hot corner, but he's not expected to hold the job long, as Kris Bryant is due up in Chicago in April.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 4 weeks ago

Olt hit a two-run homer in a split-squad tie with Oakland on Thursday.

Though he's just keeping the seat warm for Kris Bryant, Olt could still be the Opening Day third baseman for the Cubs this year, so he's off to a good start.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 1 month ago

Olt took grounders at third base Wednesday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Either Olt or Tommy La Stella is expected to be the starter at the hot corner on Opening Day, but they're both just keeping the seat warm for Kris Bryant, who could still win the job outright this spring.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 7 months ago

Olt will draw his third straight start at first base Monday against the Blue Jays, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Olt earned another starting nod by supplying a career-high three hits along with a walk in Sunday's series finale against the Pirates. With Anthony Rizzo (back) still out indefinitely, Olt looks on track to assume regular duty at first base over Chris Valaika so long as he can keep his strikeouts at bay. He's done well to show a renewed approach to his point since rejoining the big-league roster, but there remains plenty of doubt that he'll ever cash in on the top prospect status he once enjoyed while coming up through the Rangers organization just a few years ago.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 7 months ago

Olt (hamstring) rejoined the Cubs on Friday and will likely get the start Saturday against lefty Francisco Liriano, ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers reports.

Olt had been rehabbing with Low-A Kane County, but he is healthy enough to be back with the big-league club, and could be available off the bench in Friday's game. Olt has hit six home runs in just 64 at-bats against lefties this season, but that comes with a dismal .156 batting average, so there is some give-and-take that comes with owning Olt in fantasy.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 7 months ago

Olt (hamstring) is on track to be called up to Chicago on Friday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN 1000 reports.

Olt is set to play a couple rehab games with Low-A Kane County the next couple days, and if all goes well, he will join the big club Friday. Olt may not see regular starts in September, but the Cubs will likely work him into the lineup at least a couple times per week to make sure he gets at-bats.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 7 months ago

Olt was placed on the DL at Triple-A Iowa with a hamstring strain, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

Depending on the severity of the strain, the injury could prevent Olt from rejoining the major league club immediately upon roster expansion. The 25-year-old has hit .302/.348/.585 with seven homers in 28 games since his demotion.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 9 months ago

Mike Olt went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday night's loss to the Reds.

The 25-year-old got the start at third base in the second half of Tuesday's doubleheader, and he responded with a two-run shot off David Holmberg in the third inning. Olt also walked and scored the first run of the game in the second inning. He's been good for power -- he now has 12 homers in 173 at-bats this year -- but he owns a .150/.235/.382 line that makes him unusable for fantasy purposes.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 9 months ago

Cubs president Theo Epstein said Saturday that the club has no plans to send Mike Olt to the minors.

Olt leads all National League rookies with 10 home runs and 25 RBI, but he's hitting just .149/.230/.364 overall, has struck out 65 times even though he's started just 41 games and has only two hits this month. However, it appears the Cubs will keep him up with the big club and continue to play him regularly against lefties. "He's not backing down," -Epstein said. "He's grinding his way through it. He's shown the things that make him, potentially, a really good player with the insane raw power and his ability to, when he gets his pitch, hit it out of the ballpark. We think this is the right place for him, and he's going to get a lot of at-bats against left-handed -pitching."