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1s.49 Texas Rangers - Mike Olt, 3B, Connecticut

The Rangers selected Mike Olt. Here's his profile:

 

Mike Olt   Position: 3B   School: Connecticut   State: CT   Year: Jr.   Height: 6’2’’   Weight: 190

 

Bats: R   Throws: R   Birth Date: 8/27/88   Seiler Rating: 2C2   Last Drafted: Never

Mike Olt is a powerful third baseman from the University of Connecticut. Olt originally came to Connecticut from Branford High School in Branford, Connecticut, a small town just outside of New
Haven. He wasn’t much of a prospect in high school, but he landed an in-state scholarship, going undrafted in the 2007 draft in the process. He started immediately for the Huskies, first at shortstop in 2008, then at third base in 2009 and 2010. He gradually improved all parts of his game to the point that he’s a solid prospect with good offensive upside and defensive chops at third. Scouts think he has the potential to be a starting third baseman at the Major League level, and that will be determined by how well he hits. At the plate, he features an average hit tool, but he strikes out too much and will need to shorten his swing to have success against pro pitching. He has above-average raw power, too, so that should help his transition to the pros. He’s a fringe-average runner with the ability to steal a base or two, and his defense is top-notch. He’s an above-average to plus defender at third, and he has an above-average arm. While he is no sure thing to hit as a pro, scouts like his overall combination of tools in contrast to others in the college class this year. For that reason, he’s expected to go somewhere in the third to fifth round range, where he’s expected to sign for slot money and get his career started right away.