The Texas Rangers optioned prospect Mike Olt to their Triple-A Round Rock franchise on March 19. According to Yahoo Sports, Olt and relief pitcher Yoshinori Tateyama both were sent back down as the Rangers prepare to finalize their opening day roster.
The Rangers had no spot for Olt in their lineup, with Adrian Beltre a lock at third base and Mitch Moreland at first and Lance Berkman playing DH. It didn't help that Olt also only hit .194 with a team-high 12 strikeouts in spring. Olt and Jurickson Profar are the Rangers two biggest offensive prospects, but Texas needs them to get everyday hits in the minors before calling them up to the big leagues.
Olt reminds some of a raw version of Bryce Harper, except that his impressive power numbers are not backed up by a smart eye and patient swing. In 2012 at Frisco, Olt hit .288 with 28 homers and a .398 on-base-percentage, so there is potential there, but the Rangers likely want to see what he can do against better pitching, which is where playing in Triple-A should work wonders for his improvement.