Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 9 Months

Mike Olt (shoulder) is getting closer to playing third base.

Olt has been bothered by shoulder soreness this spring, but he is beginning to make progress. "I've thrown there the last couple of days," said Olt. "My velocity is right where it needs to be." The 24-year-old figures to begin the season in the minors, but it might not take long for him to replace Luis Valbuena if he gets off to a quick start with the bat.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 10 Months

Mike Olt hit a two-run home run in his only at-bat on Tuesday against the Athletics.

Olt has been bothered by shoulder soreness and has seen limited action in the Cactus League thus far. The former Rangers top prospect battled vision issues last year as well. He'll start the year in the minors most likely, but could displace Luis Valbuena at third base if he hits well enough.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 10 Months

Mike Olt (shoulder) is hoping to make his Cactus League debut at third base soon.

Olt started the opener in the DH spot, but some shoulder soreness has kept him from playing the field. He's feeling much better, though, so we should see him at the hot corner soon enough. Olt is competing for the third base job but will almost surely begin the year in the minors.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 10 Months

Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports that Mike Olt is currently dealing with a sore right shoulder.

The Cubs are playing things cautiously with the injured slugger, using him as the designated hitter in Thursday's Cactus League opener, but don't expect it to be a major issue moving forward. The powerful 25-year-old could conceivably take the reigns of the team's starting job at third base with a strong spring performance.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC 10 Months

Mike Olt said Sunday that the vision issues that plagued him last year are entirely behind him now.

Once thought of as one of the top prospects in the game, Olt's stock has tumbled after slashing a brutal .201/.303/.381 with a 132/55 K/BB ratio over 107 minor league contests in 2013. If healthy and seeing the ball better though, it's conceivable he could impress enough this spring to earn a shot at being the Cubs regular third baseman to begin the season.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC Jul 30 '79

Mike Olt indicated Friday that he's excited for the chance to compete to be the Cubs starting third baseman in 2014.

The former highly touted prospect had an extremely disappointing 2013 season, slashing just .201/.303/.381 with 15 homers and 42 RBI in 107 minor league games, primarily at the Triple-A level. He also whiffed 132 times while walking 55. He believes that he's finally over the vision problems that plagued him this season, and is already working at the club's spring training complex in Arizona, where he plans to spend a lot of time this offseason. Should he earn the starting job outright, he could deliver fantasy owners plenty of power production, albeit with a poor batting average.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC May 29 '79

Mike Olt has slashed a lousy .116/.165/.233 through 91 plate appearances at Triple-A Iowa.

Overall, Olt has hit .192 with 14 homers and a .664 over 91 total minor league games between two organizations. Acquired by the Cubs from the Rangers in July's Matt Garza trade, Olt remains a good prospect, though his struggles this season have removed some of the sheen required by scouts to rank as elite. He'll have to pick it up quickly if Olt intends to make his major league debut next month.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC May 03 '79

Rangers acquired INF Mike Olt from the Rangers in the Matt Garza deal.

Olt has had a bit of a lost season due to vision problems, as he's played just 68 games and batted only .219/.318/.438 over those contests. His vision issues look to be behind him, though, and he boasts plenty of power and is a good defender at third base. He'll report to Triple-A Iowa for now but figures to join the Cubs later this season.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC Apr 20 '79

Mike Olt (head) is back in the starting lineup on Wednesday night at Triple-A Round Rock.

Olt was struck in the head by a pitch on Tuesday but suffered no injuries. He is batting just .204/.305/.378 in 56 games this season at the Triple-A level.

Mike Olt 1B/3B CHC Apr 20 '79

Mike Olt left Tuesday's game at Triple-A Round Rock after being hit in the head by a pitch.

There's no word yet on his condition, but Olt will surely be re-evaluated on Wednesday before the club knows more. He entered play Tuesday batting just .201/.301/.377 at Round Rock this season.