Scouting Prospect #62: Mike Olt

We recently released our annual top 100 prospects list here at, and to follow that up we will be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on select prospects from that list over the course of the off-season. Here's a scouting report on prospect #62 from that list, Mike Olt.

Name: Mike Olt
Position: Third Base
Team: Texas Rangers
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 210
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Arizona Fall League

Physical Description

Mike Olt has a big league body type. He's built very strongly and keeps himself in good condition. Projection is not an issue, as he's about where he should be long term in terms of his body. Olt is also a very solid athlete.


Olt's offensive skills are undeniable. He stays inside the ball consistently at the dish and drives the ball to the gap the opposite way as well as any right-handed hitter in the minors. His swing has gotten more compact since college and his balance is outstanding. That balance is going to allow him to continue to move up quickly and do damage against advanced secondary pitches.


Mike Olt is going to hit the long ball at the next level. He looks to be a 25-30 home run type bat and he's capable of driving the ball out to any part of the yard. He's going to hit a lot of doubles at the next level as well, as he seems to consistently hit the ball on the screws.


Olt is about a step above average as a runner right now. It's not a big part of his game but he's a good athlete who will do his part on the base paths as a big leaguer.


His bat is what has made him a well known prospect, but Olt can field his position at third base. He has an above average throwing arm and very good hands. Where he fits in on the Rangers' big league roster may be a question, but his ability on defense is not in any way a question mark.


Clearly the ticket to the big leagues for Olt is his big right-handed bat, but he's also a solid athlete with good hands in the infield. Given Texas' offensive strength, where he ends up on the field is a significant question, but he does have the physical skills required to play third base. But, this is a 25-30 home run bat who will drive in runs in the big leagues, and that profile plays anywhere on the diamond.

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