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
With the pending MLB investigation into a Miami clinic and allegations of performance enhancing drugs that includes Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz, there is still some uncertainty about what could happen in the event that Cruz misses significant time if found guilty in the investigation.
If Cruz does end up missing significant time one of the first places the Rangers would look to replace him would be 24-year-old prospect Mike Olt, a natural third baseman and first baseman, who has seen very limited time in right field.
On Thursday, Olt saw his first Cactus League action in the right field as he replaced Cruz for the final four innings of the game and it didn't take long for Olt to get his first action as Drew Stubbs hit a line drive to right that Olt tracked and caught.
“He’s no different than we expected,” Washington told The Dallas Morning News. “He’s able to reach balls and catch them, throw to the right bag and hit the cutoff man.”
Sounds pretty simple. Olt needs to keep doing all of those things because the Rangers could end up needing him.