Feb 26, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Mike Olt (right) in congratulated by manager Ron Washington (left) after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs Spring Training Notebook: Mike Olt Seeing His Opportunity

Mike Olt was once a top prospect tearing his way through the Texas Rangers farm system. Olt was on the fast track until he was beaned during a winter-league game in 2012. As a result of that beaning, Olt suffered from post-concussion syndrome. The syndrome led to Olt experiencing eye problems during Spring Training of 2013.

Meanwhile, the Cubs have always had an eye out for Olt. The Cubs attempted to trade for Olt during the 2012 season but a deal between the two teams never materialized. Nevertheless, the Cubs saw their opportunity to acquire Olt at the trade deadline last season. That is what the team did as the Cubs acquired Olt as a part of a package of prospects that included pitching prospect C.J. Edwards in exchange for starting pitcher Matt Garza.

Entering his first Spring Training with the Cubs, Olt is seeing his opportunity and glad to be feeling better after a miserable 2013 season.

“I don’t mind answering that anymore,” Olt says. “Last year was so stressful because we didn’t know what was going on. I don’t mind answering that this year because I’m better.” -Mike Olt, ESPN Chicago 

Olt will be competing with Luis Valbuena and Donnie Murphy in Spring to be the Cubs starting third baseman. The Cubs are hoping that Olt can take advantage of the opportunity and live up to the projections that most had for him when he was a can’t miss prospect with the Rangers.

Though, if Olt continues to struggle in 2014, then the 25-year old third baseman may not be long for the Cubs organization.

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