By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
March 12, 2010
I had a fresh look at UCONN third baseman Mike Olt on UCONN’s recent West Coast road trip.
Olt looks like he lost a little bit of weight from where I saw him last summer in the Cape Cod League, when he was getting back into playing shape after missing much of the 2009 season. This immediately showed itself in Olt’s athletic actions around third base. A former shortstop, he has many of those same agile actions that you would like to find in that position. He would lack the range to stay there as a pro, but at third, he gets around just fine and keeps his feet constantly moving. His arm is a weapon and I thought he threw better in the spring than he did in the summer. Offensively, I still like Olt a lot, mainly because he showed power to all fields in the summer. He is balanced and has good bat speed, strong hands and forearms, and his swing is naturally tailored to lift the ball. He shows adaptability from pitch to pitch, and I think this approach will become one of those un-graded weapons for him as a pro. The only aspect I’d like to see more of is aggressiveness. I don’t think he’s timid but I’d like to see him attack earlier for the kind of guy he is. This can also be connected to coaching orders. All I know is this: I hate seeing guys like that taking first pitch fastballs, Moneyball be damned. I want hitters to hit.