New York - Add Texas Rangers third baseman Mike Olt to the list of top prospects that the Tigres del Licey will stroll out when the club opens up the Dominican winter league season in October.
Fellow Rangers prospect and shortstop Jurickson Profar had already been given permission to join Licey this winter in the Dominican Republic along with a trio of Atlanta Braves prospects - pitchers Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado and catcher Christian Bentancourt.
Olt recently told Fox Deportes while the Rangers were in New York that he can’t wait to get down there to play where he will spend a month and perhaps more before he returns home to work out.
Licey’s general manager Fernando Ravelo told Fox Deportes on Tuesday night that the only thing that’s missing is ironing out some details with Olt’s agents and talking to Rangers management so they can be on the same page with where to play Olt and exactly when he will debut.
“We got in contact with the organization and they’re interested in having him play part of the season apparently at both corner positions in the infield,” Ravelo said from the Dominican Republic.
“We’re very happy and we understand that he’s an interesting prospect.”
Olt earned the callup back on August 1 after slugging 28 homers and driving in 82 for Frisco, the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate in the Texas League. He’s appeared in only nine games, going 4-for-18 (.222) with no home runs and four RBIs.
While he could have finished the season in the minors, what else did he have to prove? For now he gives the Rangers more depth and he’s gotten his share of starts, filling in for Adrian Beltre at third and Michael Young at first while starting a game in right field in place of Nelson Cruz.
Licey, who have won 10 Caribbean Series championships and 22 Dominican league titles, would definitely like to get back on the winning stage and Olt could be one of the key reasons..
“It will be a great experience. I talked to a bunch of guys on the team here that have played and they said it really took their game to a next level,” Olt said.
He was Texas’ 49th overall selection in the 2010 draft out of UCONN, a supplemental pick after the Rangers lost Marlon Byrd as a free agent to the Chicago Cubs.
“There’s great competition out there and it will be good to just get more at-bats and keep getting comfortable.”