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 is probably not going to start the 2013 season in the big leagues but he helped break an offensive drought the Texas Rangers have seen so far in spring training.
The corner infielder/outfielder, who is trying to make the Rangers' 25-man roster out of spring training but is more likely to start the season in Triple-A Round Rock, hit his first home run of the spring on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox. The hit was just the team's second hit in the last 32 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
The home run was a line drive shot that cleared the center-field wall and came on a full-count pitch.
Olt, 24, has struggled so far this spring otherwise, striking out four times and getting his first hit of the spring on the home run. He slugged 28 home runs in Double-A Frisco last season, so he's shown he can hit the ball a long way but in his brief time with the big club he struggled to make good contact.
With Adrian Beltre clogging up third base and first base occupied by Mitch Moreland and Lance Berkman, the chances of Olt making the club out of the spring are nearly zero.