Mar 12, 2014; Peoria, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Mike Olt (30) warms up before facing the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs prospect Mike Olt makes Opening Day roster

Chicago Cubs third base prospect Mike Olt made it his personal mission to walk out of Cactus League play with a spot on the Opening Day roster. After playing only 16 games with the Texas Rangers in 2012, Olt finally has another shot at keeping a starting role with a Major League team.

According to ESPN Chicago, Olt has accomplished that goal.

Olt, who turns 26 years old on August 27th, has been swung the bat pretty well during Spring Training. In 17 games played, Olt has hit five home runs, 12 RBI’s off 14 hits on a batting line of .275/.321/.608. It was no secret that the Chicago Cubs have been looking for someone who could hold down third base until prospect Kris Bryant was ready to come up.

No word on what will happen with Luis Valbuena, but I imagine he’ll make the roster as well since Donnie Murphy was claimed by the Texas Rangers.

Right now this team is looking a lot better than they did last season. Sure they had Alfonso Soriano on the team, but outfielder Junior Lake has displayed a lot of power during the Spring. This team has a handful or two of prospects who could be Major League ready within the next couple of years.

You have to be excited about the future if you’re a Cubs fan. I know I am.

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