From the Wire: Cubs Option Mike Olt to Triple-A Iowa, Recall LHP Tsuyoshi Wada

The Cubs announced after Tuesday’s game that Mike Olt was being sent down to Iowa to make room on the 25-man roster for LHP Tsuyoshi Wada. Mike Olt started Tuesday night and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

The Cubs had to make a roster move to clear a spot on the active roster for Tsuyoshi Wada. The plan for now is for Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada to be the fourth and fifth starters in the Cubs rotation.

Exactly one year after Mike Olt came to the Cubs organization in the trade for Matt Garza, Olt is on his way back to the minors. After his 0-for-4 performance Tuesday night, Olt’s line slipped to .139/.222/.353. Olt has  only 31 hits in 187 at bats with more than half of his hits going for extra bases. Olt hit five doubles and launched 12 home runs in 71 games … and he struck out 84 times in 187 at bats.

PrintMike Olt has struggled mightily in limited playing time after not being able to grab the third base job when the season started. Olt has seen his playing time diminish significantly (21 games in April, 23 in May, 15 in June and 12 in July) and should benefit from regular at bats in Iowa. Plus, Olt will be able to work with Manny Ramirez again. Olt and Ramirez were teammates at Triple-A Round Rock last year before the trade and Olt has said Ramirez helped him a lot.

It is unclear which positions Mike Olt will be playing in Iowa. Kris Bryant is the I-Cubs everyday third baseman and the front office promoted Jorge Soler to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday night. Olt should be able to play first base and the Cubs should expose him to left and right field while he is with the Iowa Cubs.

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  • VBCubs

    Baez, Bryant, Soler, and Olt in the middle of that Iowa lineup? Pitchers aren’t going to enjoy that.

    • Eugene Debs

      And don’t forget Manny…..

    • J Daniel

      Alcantara is not going to be an easy out either.

      • VBCubs

        He’s in Chicago not Iowa haha

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Didn’t know Soler was promoted! Maybe he will be in Chicago this fall? Great news. Could have he, Bryant and Baez all in our lineup next season. And preseason scouts believed Russell would be up by seasons end. Before he got hurt. But he could easily be up next season too.

    Alcantara
    Russell
    Rizzo
    Bryant
    Castro
    Soler
    Kalish
    Castillo

    That could easily be our lineup by late summer next season. I know people will ask why I have Kalish there. But until we get a FA or trade I’m just thinking out loud here.

    • Denver Mike

      Except you missed Baez, so it would likely be

      Alcantara – CF
      Russell – 3B
      Rizzo – 1B
      Bryant – RF
      Soler – LF
      Castro – SS
      Baez – 2B
      Castillo – C

      I have been looking at that since I heard about the call up too. Fill the bench with versatile guys like Valbuena, Coghlan, Watkins, and a backup catcher.

      Just need a proven #1 and #2 to go with Arrieta, Wood, and Hendricks (EJax will magically disappear), and this team might be respectable!

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Lol, right you are. I still believe Russell will be at SS. I think Castro could go to outfield. Which would probably put Bryant at 3rd. I believe Castro will add 10-15 lbs of muscle this offseason.

        • Jeffrey Rogers

          I don’t think anyone is moving Castro off of SS.

          Bryant is going to the OF and Baez / Russel will play 2b and 3b in no particular order. I would imagine Russels superior range will play 2b.

          Castro, Russell, Almora is pretty strong up the middle with huge range and athletic ability.

          • J Daniel

            As of now you would have to put Alcantar in cf and I think he is going to be hard to move out.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            We will see, but I think it will happen at some point. Castro is average defensively at SS. Russell is viewed as future gold glove type.

            I think by 2017 Russell is at SS.

    • Denver Mike

      As right handed as that starting lineup would be, all of the bench guys bat from the left side to help with matchups and off days.

    • Tony_H

      You better brace yourself….Kalish is barely hanging on to an Iowa roster spot right now.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Yeah, looking that way. I believe he is signed next year so we’ll see how he looks in ST. I think thaty’s his last chance and it will depend on free agency. I could see a Melky Cabrera signing or similar. Someone suggested that recently and it makes sense. Think it was JOhn or Eugene or someone…

        • mutantbeast

          right now, Board, Id say keep Coghlan, Ruggs and Valbuenna. One more LH bench bat and a decent backup C .

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            I agree with that. Coghlan especially. If he can improve more he may develop value at some point. And at worst he’s a solid LH bat on the bench. Seems like a good citizen and teammate too.

            Valbuena has a lot of value as a utility guy for sure. Ruggiano I’m not sure if can maintain in his 33 year old season but he won’t hurt.

          • texcubnut

            I’m also now in the camp of “bringing the DH to the National League” so we’ll have a place for left handed boppers like Schwarber and Vogelbach and expanding the rosters to 26 at the ML level.

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  • Eugene Debs

    At least he gets to join fellow CCO Hall of Famer Ryan Kalish.

  • Tony_H

    I believe that with the moves they have been making, that we will still see Baez and Soler up in September (Baez maybe as soon as Bonifacio being traded). I think they plan for Baez to be the 2B on Opening Day and Soler will likely go back to AAA next year and there is no downside to giving him a September call up.

    1. Coghlan LF
    2. Alcantara CF
    3. Rizzo 1B
    4. Castro SS
    5. Baez 2B
    6. Soler RF
    7. Valbuena 3B
    8. Castillo C

    I would be buying tickets to go watch a Cubs game at Wrigley again!

    • Eugene Debs

      That would be solid.

    • J Daniel

      Tony, I went last night. Still to early to “buy” tickets put bought my father in law, who is 88, tickets for fathers day. I totally agree and there was some excitement. A few observations keeping in mind I have not watched hardly any Cub baseball in 3 years now.

      Rizzo obviously had a great night and with the overall season he is having has silenced most critics. Alcantara, IMO, looks like he has “it” and is going to be good. How good we will see but looks good. Hendricks looked really impressive and I would see him as a good #5 option. Doesn’t throw hard which was easy to see but great change of speed and location, didn’t waste any time in between pitches, and threw strikes.

      Olt and Lake looked way over matched, off balanced, and fooled on pitches. I told my daughter, obviously before knowing he was going down, that it must suck for him as he knows either Bryant, Baez, or Russell is going to take his spot really soon.

      • Tony_H

        I hope you had a great time! Thanks for the report.

        You should start watching as well.

        • J Daniel

          Great time for sure. Alcantara, Hendricks, Rizzo, Castro, Strop, Ramirez … all good reasons to start watching. Finally! But there was no sense really in watching much before unless, like most of us are, are numb to the losing and just love watching a game.

    • BigJonLilJon

      With a strong Sep call up and ST, maybe Soler sticks. Would be nice.

    • triple

      I would be happy with that lineup to close out the season for sure. It’s crazy to think about how much more that lineup will transform by May or June, if Bryant is also added to that.

  • Ray Koenig

    Lake needs to go next.

    • J Daniel

      He will be losing his spot soon. He is not blocking anyone and as soon as somebody is ready they will have that spot,

    • Tony_H

      Schiertholtz, Sweeney, plenty of options to get rid of right now to make room for better players that are coming.

  • BigJonLilJon

    Hopefully Olt can fix his contact problem in Iowa. I always hoped he’d stick, but its obvious he needs the playing time to iron out the problems. Makes me wonder though….Is the vision issues behind him? Or, was there ever any real issues to begin with and the plunking was just assumed to be the problem? Seems his contact issues now are the same thing that plagued his final Texas days??? Just a thought

    • BillyFinT

      I found him having problem with pitch recognition, that’s after his eye surgery. He swung over pitches all over the plate.

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