In a need of an offensive spark after a 9-14 July. the Rangers reached down to Double-A Frisco to call up power-hitting prospect Mike Olt.
Expected to be in uniform for tonight's game against the Angels, the righthanded-hitting Olt will need to use his versatility to get playing time in Texas. He is considered above-average defensively at third base, his primary position, where he has solid hands and an above-average arm. But with Adrian Beltre firmly established there, Olt is more likely to play first base or see time in a corner outfield spot with the big league club, as well as seeing DH duty. Olt had played 13 games at first base and three in right field with Double-A Frisco.
The Rangers' primary DH, veteran Michael Young, is hitting just .268/.296/.345, while first baseman Mitch Moreland (a lefthanded batter) just returned from the disabled list.
At the time of his callup, Olt was hitting .288/.398/.579, and his 28 home runs ranked second in the minors to Royals farmhand Wil Myers. Olt has above-average power potential to go with an average to tick-above average hit tool, with his biggest negative being his propensity to strike out (29 percent of his 2012 at-bats). He is a below-average runner.
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