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Rangers send top prospect Mike Olt to Triple-A

Mar 19, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

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For many and probably even most teams a 24-year-old prospect as good as Mike Olt would be set for an everyday role, but the Rangers’ third base and corner outfield depth means he’s headed back to the minors.

Today the Rangers assigned Olt to Triple-A, which he skipped in jumping from Double-A to the majors last August. Olt did hit .288 with 28 homers and a .977 OPS in 95 games at Double-A, but Adrian Beltre is blocking him at third base, David Murphy and Nelson Cruz are blocking him in the outfield, and the Rangers smartly don’t want him wasting away on the bench when he could be playing regularly at Triple-A.

Olt, who hit just .152 in his 16-game debut last year, ranks 22nd on Baseball America‘s annual list of MLB’s top prospects.

  1. Kevin Gillman - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    I am sure if the Rangers had to, David Murphy would not be holding Olt back. The Rangers might have been better served to trade him in the offseason for pitching.

    • leightonbreard - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      J.D. had been a good GM in my eyes until Josh’s contract started coming up and needed an extension! JD started dropping the ball last offseason in the handling of Michael Young who he could have traded when Michael asked him to and got a haul cause he was still producing at a high level I still think if he played regularly at a given position he can still put up adequate numbers! THERE IS NO EXCUSE NOT TO HAVE OFFERED JOSH THE DEAL the ANGELS GOT HIM FOR! It really was a brilliant move by Arte Moreno and co. So JD better start kissing Nolan’s ass cause as Nolan goes so do most of the fans like me! NOLAN IS ONE OF THE MAIN REASON THE RANGERS ARE NOW COMPETITIVE! He’s the reason for such popularity for baseball now in DFW area! JD BETTER STAR SHAPING UP or I’m afraid Nolan will find a new franchise to run!

      • Kevin Gillman - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        It does seem to me that JD was very arrogant in his dealing with Josh, thinking he would stay in Texas, when he went to LA. I still think the Rangers have a good ballclub, but that meltdown couldn’t have helped things either last September, even though they did make the postseason, they should have won the AL West. You think this might be Ron’s last season if they don’t win the AL West?

  2. echech88 - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Profar scoffs at this headline

    • natstowngreg - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      Olt is A top prospect for the Rangers, not THE top prospect.

  3. artisan3m - Mar 19, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Olt will be back in RF as soon as Cruz is suspended ~ which is virtually certain to happen. Then there is 3B Beltre’s chronic hamstring issue. Olt will be back.

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