Less than a week after the Texas Rangers denied reports that Double-A prospect Mike Olt was being offered as part of a deadline deal with Miami in exchange for starter Josh Johnson, the highly-touted prospect was in Arlington, suiting up for the big club for the first time in a huge series finale with the rival Los Angeles Angels.
Olt went 1-for-3 in his debut, with a single off Angels’ starter CJ Wilson in his first Major League plate appearance and a run scored, while Texas marched to a 15-9 victory and a series split with their division foes.
"It was something I'll never forget," Olt said, per ESPN Dallas. "It was an unreal experience. I had some nerves going to the plate, but once I got in the box I forgot about all that and was able to get a good pitch to hit."
After the victory, Olt credited his familiarity with his Rangers teammates--the result of going to spring training with most of them in the past--with lending him a sense of comfort on the big stage.
"To be a part of this team is something really special," Olt said. "That's why I'm happy I'm still here. I'm going to learn so much being around these guys. Even today's game, I had a little inexperience at first base with a bunt play. They picked me up. To have that there and have a connection with a bunch of guys from spring training helps."