Olt to play some outfield for Frisco

Olt to play some outfield for Frisco

FRISCO -- Double-A Frisco infielder Mike Olt played right field last Saturday. It was not a one-time appearance. Olt will continue to play the outfield on occasion as a way to increase his versatility and possibly make him an option at the Major League level.

Frisco manager Steve Buechele gave the organization a positive review of Olt's first time out there.

"Steve Buechele said he looked like he's played there his whole life," Rangers senior director of player development Tim Purpura said. "The theory is to make him as versatile as we possibly can in case there is a need here. He's an athlete, he can do a lot of things on a baseball field. He'll play there maybe one day a week or one day every other week. Should we have a number of injuries [at the Major League level] and have a need, we want to make him as versatile as we can."

Olt has 67 starts at third base and eight at first base for Frisco.

Olt is hitting .297 with 22 home runs, 62 RBIs and a .584 slugging percentage. He and infielder Jurickson Profar will represent the Rangers at the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday in Kansas City.