Earlier the Cubs acquired Mike Olt, CJ Edwards, Justin Grimm and a player to be named later for Matt Garza. Over the next two days I'm going to write short pieces on each of these players before a final analysis.
Mike Olt is the center piece of the trade. He was ranked the 22nd best prospect in baseball by both Baseball America and MLB.com. Olt has struggled a bit this season in AAA, but that's been largely because of some issues he's had with his eyes. That appears to be fixed now and since returning from the DL, he's been every bit as good as he once was.
Olt was listed at 6-2, 210 pounds entering the season. He was born on August 27, 1988 and plays 3rd base.
Olt draws a lot of walks. He has ranged anywhere between 11.8% to 16.4% in his minor league career. He also strikes out quite a bit. That strike out rate has ranged 24.0% and 33.3%. The 33.3% is this season and can be explained by the eye problems.
Olt hits for a lot of power. His ISO has always been in the .200s or higher.
As a 3rd baseman, it creates an interesting situation in Chicago. Or rather, a potentially interesting one. it won't be long before we see Olt in Chicago and if everything goes according to plan (it never does in baseball), Javier Baez could join him and Starlin Castro in Chicago by the end of next season.
One of them will have to move to a new position.
Below is Mike Olt's scouting report from earlier this year by Baseball America.
With plus raw power and strong hitting approach, Olt is a threat to go deep anytime he steps to the plate. He works deep counts and piles up both walks and strikeouts, so his average will settle in the .260-.270 range. Pitchers have had success exploiting the length in his swing by attacking him with high fastballs, and he continues to work to identify and stay back on breaking balls. Scouts say Olt is a joy to watch defensively, owing to his agility and ability to make throws from any angle. He's a well below-average runner.
Like Profar, Olt has advanced rapidly thanks to his tools, work ethic and mental toughness. He's blocked in Texas by Adrian Beltre, so a shift to first base or an outfield corner could be in the works. A potential all-star, he could open 2013 in the big league lineup or get a couple of months in Triple-A.
He won't be blocked in Chicago.
The Cubs farm system was stacked before this trade and it's even more so now. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and company have done a superb job rebuilding this system in less than two years.