SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 11: Mike Olt #70 of the Texas Rangers at bat against the Cleveland Indians during a spring training baseball game at Surprise Stadium on March 11, 2012 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mike Olt
Mike Olt couldn't have asked for a better big league debut against the Los Angeles Angels and C.J. Wilson. In his first big-league at-bat, Olt hit a single to left field and later scored as the Texas Rangers drilled the Angels, 15-9 on Thursday night.
He started again on Saturday and got yet another hit to go with two big RBIs in the Rangers' 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals while starting at first base.
Then, on Sunday, starting for the first time at the big-league level at third base, his natural position, Olt had two walks, drove in another run and scored another run as the Rangers ended up going to 10 innings against the Royals. That's when things got hairy for the rookie.
After an error from fill-in shortstop Alberto Gonzalez started a 10th-inning rally for the home Royals on what should've been a double play, Olt joined the error fun with one of his own that not only spoiled a double-play ball, but ended the game in walk-off fashion as the Royals topped the Rangers 7-6.
It's clear now that Olt will get plenty of action in the starting lineup for the Rangers. He's already come up big a couple of times at the plate. He's supposed to be major-league ready at third base, although he'll likely playing more at first base. It's all part of the process. You win some, you lose some. And that was the definition of Olt's first three games in the majors.