Texas Rangers Call-Up Mike Olt, Option Brandon Snyder
After Wednesday night’s come from behind 11-10 extra inning win over the Los Angeles Angels the Texas Rangers announced they have called up infielder Mike Olt from Double-A Frisco and sent Brandon Snyder to Triple-A Round Rock.
To make room for Olt on the 40-man roster, the Rangers put Colby Lewis on the 60-day disabled list.
Olt is ranked by MLB.com as the No. 3 prospect in the Rangers system behind SS Jurickson Profar and LHP Martin Perez. Olt was hitting .287 with 27 home runs and 81 RBIs in 94 games for Double-A Frisco. He had a .399 on-base percentage and a .575 slugging percentage along with 99 strikeouts in 348 at-bats.
“Obviously we wanted to get through the Trade Deadline and see how our roster looked,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “We wanted to strengthen our bench, but as we looked at our trade options, nothing materialized that made sense for us. A lot of our scouts and player development staff think Mike may be able to fill a role for us and help us. He is going to get that opportunity.”
Olt will be in uniform on Thursday night and could make his Major League debut with left-hander C.J. Wilson on the mound for the Angels.
Snyder was hitting .281 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 38 games