Results tagged ‘ Mike Olt ’

9/3 Olt joins Kane County

Mike Olt has joined Class A Kane County, and was available for Wednesday’s playoff game vs. Wisconsin, and starting at third base. Olt joined the Cougars as part of his rehab assignment. He does not count towards the Cougars’ 25-man active roster limit. The Cougars also received catcher Tyler Alamo from the Cubs’ rookie level affiliate in Mesa, while catcher Victor Caratini has been placed on the disabled list.

The Cougars open the Midwest League Playoffs with a best-of-three first round playoff series at Wisconsin Wednesday. Game 2 will take place Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark and if necessary, Game 3 would also take place in Geneva on Friday evening at 6 p.m.

Olt has played in 72 games with the Cubs this season, most recently on July 22. Olt played with Triple-A Iowa from July 24-Aug. 19, batting .302 in 28 games before being placed on the disabled list with a hamstring strain.

The Cubs hope that Olt passes the tests with the Cougars, and can join the big league club to fill in at first for Anthony Rizzo.

8/27 Cubs Inbox

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Q: How is Mike Olt doing in Triple-A? His stats look good. — James D., New Orleans

A: Right now, Olt is on Iowa’s disabled list because of a strained left hamstring. In 28 games with Iowa, he was batting .302 with nine doubles, seven home runs and 24 RBIs, striking out 33 times. His slash line is .302/.348/.585. Compare that to his numbers with the big league team: .139/.222/.353, when he hit 12 home runs in 72 games.

8/11 Minor matters – Sunday’s games

Mike Olt hit his third homer in two days and Elliot Soto hit his first since joining Triple-A Iowa in a 10-2 win over Oklahoma City. Eric Jokisch got the win, giving up two runs over 6 2/3 innings. Olt has 12 RBIs in his last six games, and is slugging .757 in August. Kris Bryant drove in a run and has 40.

Pierce Johnson gave up one hit over six innings in Tennessee’s 3-0 win over Mobile in the first game of a doubleheader. Johnson struck out eight. Addison Russell and Luis Flores each hit doubles. In the second game, Jae-Hoon Ha hit his fourth homer, a two-run shot, in a 9-8 loss. Russell did have two more hits, and has hit in five straight games.

Rock Shoulders hit his 12th home run, a solo shot in the fifth, in Daytona’s 4-3 win over Lakeland. Dan Vogelbach hit a walk-off RBI single in the 13th that was the difference.

Shawon Dunston hit a solo shot in the third, one of three hits for the game, in Kane County’s 7-4 win over Cedar Rapids.

Jesse Hodges homered to back Erick Leal in Boise’s 17-3 win over Salem-Keizer. It was Hodges’ sixth home run. The 17 runs were the most by the Hawks since a 17-5 win over Everettt on July 6, 2007.

8/10 Minor matters

Kris Bryant hit his 16th home run and Mike Olt belted two homers in Iowa’s 9-6 loss to Oklahoma City. Joe Sclafani hit a walk-off grand slam for the win. Bryant is batting .322 and now has 38 home runs this season.

Tennessee’s game vs. Mobile was postponed because of rain.

Rock Shoulders hit his 11th home run but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost, 3-1, to Lakeland. Shoulders is 5-for-9 with two homers, a double and two RBIs in his last three games.

Tyler Ihrig gave up three runs over six innings in Kane County’s 3-2 loss to Cedar Rapids. Jeffrey Baez had two doubles.

Dillon Maples gave up seven earned runs over 2 1/3 innings in Boise’s 16-3 loss to Salem-Keizer.

Mesa lost, 3-2, to the Angels. Andrew Ely, Adonis Paula and Erick Castillo each had two hits.

8/6 Minor matters – Tuesday’s games

Mike Olt hit a grand slam and Jorge Soler was a triple shy of the cycle in Iowa’s 7-4 win over Omaha. Olt went 2-for-4, and has hit safely in 10 straight games. Soler had three hits, including his fourth home run, and drove in three runs. He’s now batting .286. Kris Bryant had two hits and extended his hitting streak to nine games. He’s 12-for-30 in that stretch. Dan Straily picked up the win, giving up six hits over seven innings while striking out nine.

Tennessee had Tuesday off, and returns to action against Mobile on Wednesday.

Rob Zastryzny gave up one run over five innings but did not get a decision in Daytona’s 3-1 win over Clearwater. Daytona scored three runs in the top of the eighth. Billy McKinney had two RBIs.

In the first game of a doubleheader, Kane County lost, 4-1, to Peoria. Duane Underwood gave up two runs on two hits over two-thirds of an inning. In the second game, Kane County held Peoria to four hits in a 4-1 win. Ben Wells gave up one run over six innings and Jeffrey Baez hit a solo home run.

Boise is off for the All-Star break. Mark Zagunis hit a double for one of the South team’s four hits.

Mesa had the day off.

7/23 Extra, extra bases

* With Mike Olt optioned to Triple-A Iowa, Luis Valbuena will get the majority of playing time at third base, manager Rick Renteria said. Valbuena made his 51st start at third on Wednesday; Olt had started 47 games at third.

* Olt will play first base and be the designated hitter while at Iowa. He was batting .139 in 72 games, but did lead all NL rookies with 12 home runs. He also has struck out 84 times in 187 at-bats.

“He acknowledged he’s gotten into a few bad habits at the plate, and bad habits that he couldn’t break out of at the big league level,” Theo Epstein said Wednesday. “I think playing every day down there will be good for him.”

* Cubs pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa, on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa, struck out two of the three batters he faced Wednesday. Fujikawa, who had Tommy John surgery in June 2013, threw 14 pitches, nine for strikes, in his second outing with the team.

* Manny Ramirez, a player/coach at Triple-A Iowa, was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a right calf strain. Ramirez pinch-hit on Wednesday and was batting .176 (6-for-34) in 11 games with the Minor League team.

– Carrie Muskat

7/22 One more roster move

The Cubs announced Tuesday night that Mike Olt will be optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Tsuyoshi Wada. Olt was batting .139 with 12 home runs 84 strikeouts.

6/24 Play ball part II


Here’s another photo of Mike Olt interacting with kids from the RIC during a softball fantasy camp.

Photos courtesy of Chicago Cubs

6/24 Play ball


Cubs 3B Mike Olt played softball with some kids during the Chicago Rehabilitation Institute fantasy camp today.

6/9 Olt not worried

Mike Olt is stuck in an 0-for-16 skid, but it’s not that bad.

“I’ve had worse,” the Cubs rookie third baseman said Monday.

Olt was batting .153 for the season and has nine home runs. He’s the first Cubs rookie with nine homers before June 1 since Geovany Soto had nine through May 2008. Soto won the National League Rookie of the Year that season.

“Things are starting to come around,” Olt said. “All it takes is one thing to click, and next thing you know, you’re 30 for the next 60. I feel good.”

Luis Valbuena started at third base on Monday, and manager Rick Renteria has tried to put Olt in situations where he can have success. It’s just a matter of time, Olt said, before he finds that groove again.

“I’ve had stints where I feel like every at-bat I get a hit, and the next day, you wake up and something’s not there and you’re searching and you can’t find it for a couple weeks,” Olt said. “It’s all a matter of snapping out of it and finding something that works.”

– Carrie Muskat


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