From the day we acquired him, I have been very pro-Mike Olt. When he won the 3B job out of spring training, I did a little happy dance. But, he hasn’t exactly lived up to my expectations. The 10 HR are nice, but the .153 average isn’t as glamorous. So I have been advocating a move down to Iowa with Valbuena playing very well. But that isn’t why I am writing this post. This post actually started this afternoon while browsing the local sports card shop. I came across an Anthony Rizzo card, so I checked it out a little bit. With him doing so well, I had forgotten how rough the start of his career was. He struggled pretty mightily to begin his MLB career, in fact not that dissimilar from Mike Olt’s struggles. Here’s a little run down.
Anthony Rizzo (153 PA): .141
Mike Olt (209 PA): .153
So what’s the point here? Rizzo got sent back down to the minors when acquired by the Cubs and they let him take 284 PA there. He worked out his kinks (I know they weren’t health related, so it’s not exactly apples to apples here) and he came back up a very productive baseball player. I think we should do the same with Mike Olt. He’s clearly not ready for the majors right now. Let him go to Iowa (and yes, I know it just got a lot more crowded today, but I’ll hit on that in a second) and work on his craft to be ready for next season. If he figures it out, great. If not, then at least we know for sure, but we’re not learning anything by having him flounder in Chicago.
So how does this all work? I mean Kris Bryant just got called up right? Yes he did, and here’s my proposal.
Mike Olt goes to Iowa and moves to the OF, thus keeping Bryant at 3B.
Luis Valbuena becomes the everyday 3rd baseman in Chicago (even though he kind of already is)
Arismendy Alcantara takes Olt’s spot in Chicago and becomes the everyday 2nd baseman. Let Darwin come off the bench.
So what do you think? Well, nevermind, it doesn’t matter what you or I think because we don’t make the decisions. But I’m refusing to give up on Mike Olt…yet…