When the Texas Rangers were looking to add starting pitchers at the trade deadline, they made it clear that Rangers top-tier prospects would not be included in any deal.
In fact, the Rangers weren’t interested in dealing top prospects, Mike Olt or Jurickson Profar .
The Rangers would eventually landed Ryan Dempster to trade with the Cubs
Now, in Olt’s case we find out why. Olt is being recalled from AA Frisco, Texas. Olt is #11 on Baseball America’s Mid-Season Top 50 Prospects List.
Olt was hitting .287 this season with 28 homers and 82 RBI in 95 games.
Olt who is widely considered among the best hitting prospects in the minor leagues, has 52 homers in a 237-game minor league career.
With the Rangers in the middle of a pennant race, the Rangers are pulling out all stops in an effort to win.
Olt is expected to see plenty of playing time, and not necessarily all at third base.
Olt has been playing first base and the outfield, and could also be in the lineup as a DH.
Adrian Beltre is the regular third baseman for the Rangers, but adding Olt will give manager Ron Washington some flexibility, while adding more power. Olt will replace Brandon Snyder on the 25-man roster.
Olt replaces Colby Lewis on the 40 man roster.
“We’ve been looking to strengthen the bench and put our best club out there,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “Listening to our people, we feel like Mike can help with this team. We wanted to give Mike a chance. We feel like he’s earned it, and both our scouts and developmental staff all have recommended that this guy in a role can help [manager Ron] Washington and the club.” ESPN