Olt's change pays dividends for Saguaros
Rangers infield prospect goes yard twice against Solar Sox
They say that baseball is a game of adjustments. Mike Olt made his, and the results showed Tuesday.
The Rangers' No. 7 prospect snapped a 3-for-20 slump with a pair of homers as Surprise beat Mesa, 8-6, in 10 innings in the Arizona Fall League.
Batting with the bases empty and two outs in the first inning, Olt went deep for his first homer since Oct. 10. Two innings later, pulled a fastball by Cole McCurry (Orioles) over the left-field wall for a two-run blast to give the Saguaros a 4-2 lead.
After his recent struggles, the 23-year-old third baseman decided to make some adjustments to his approach.
"I guess the key is just trying to stay up the middle and react in," Olt said. "Last week, I was looking for my main pitch inside and I had to get into a different approach because it wasn't working. The pitchers were just showing in and busting me away."
Despite his recent slump, Olt is tied with Pirates prospect Robbie Grossman for the AFL home run lead with six and is second in the fall league with 20 RBIs.
"I'm trying to do is stay short to the ball," the Connecticut native said. "One of the things I want to keep working on is being a more versatile hitter and clean up some of the loops in my swing."
A first-round pick by the Rangers in 2010, Olt batted .264 with 15 homers in 73 games, but missed time after breaking his collarbone in a collision at home plate on June 6 for Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach.
The game remained tied until Rangers prospect Ryan Strausborger delivered a walk-off two-run homer for the Saguaros.
"Strausborger is a really good fastball hitter. He was in a good hitter's count and the pitcher left one in the middle and he was able to hammer it," Olt said.
Royals prospect Wil Myers, MLB.com's No. 15 prospect was 3-for-5 with an RBI and Leury Garcia (Rangers) had four hits, including a homer, and scored three times.
Grossman and Chris Herrmann (Twins) slugged two-run homers for the Solar Sox.
Rangers prospect Justin Miller (2-0) picked up the win after allowing a hit and striking out one in a scoreless inning of relief for Surprise.
Twins farmhand Brett Jacobson (0-2) was tagged with loss, allowing two runs while recording one out in the 10th.
Robert Emrich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.