July 9, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; USA third baseman Mike Olt (20) walks on the field before the start of the 2012 All Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
The Texas Rangers have optioned first baseman Brandon Snyder to Class Triple-A Round Rock and placed right-handed starting pitcher Colby Lewis on the 60-day disabled list in order to clear a roster spot on the team's 40-man and 25-man roster for corner infielder Mike Olt, the team announced:
Mike Olt will be purchased from Frisco on Thursday. Brandon Snyder to be optioned to Round Rock. Colby Lewis goes to 60-day DL.— John Blake (@RangerBlake) August 2, 2012
The 23-year-old Olt is the team's No. 2 prospect and one of the top prospects in all of baseball. While he is primarily a third baseman and is pretty good out there, expect to see Olt getting playing time at first base and designated hitter. Also, because he's such a good athlete, don't be surprised to see him playing some right field either.
The UConn product will be getting the call up from Class Double-A Frisco, where he has spent the entire 2012 season thus far beating up on opposing pitchers. Olt has batted .287 with a .399 on-base percentage, but it's the raw power that really makes him stand out. In 94 games, Olt has slugged .575 with 27 home runs in 94 games.
How much playing time will Mike Olt see this summer?