We continue the list today with number 69 in our countdown with UConn junior infielder Michael Olt. He is a 6’2 190 pound shortstop/third baseman from Branford High School in Branford Connecticut. He was a four year letter winner in high school where he hit .475 while holding the school record with 115 hits. He picked up All-State and All-League honors in three of the seasons. He was also a leader during Legion play bringing his team to the 2005 and 2007 State and Regional Championship titles. He was also selected in 2007 to the Legion World Series team for his accomplishments.
Olt made an immediate impact at UConn in 2008 when he hit .318 with 13 homers and 61 RBI in 54 out of the teams 55 games played. His 61 RBI was a program record breaking previous record holder Brian Packin who had 60 in 1999. He was also solid on the basepaths by stealing 18 bases in 20 attempts. He was named a 2008 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball. He spent the summer of 2008 with the Danbury Westerners of the NECBL where he hit .279 with a team high six homers and also a team high 31 RBI. He was selected to play NECBL All-Star game where he went 1-2 with a two run home run. He moved to the Orleans Cardinals at the end of the summer where he played in seven games with a .250 average and 3 RBI in only 20 at bats.
Olt’s sophomore season was cut short with an ankle injury early in the season and later in the year had a wrist injury that saw him appear in only 38 of the team’s 58 games. He ended up finishing the season with a respectable .301 average with eight homers and 40 RBI. He continued with his solid baserunning as he stole 10 bases in 13 attempts. He spent the summer of 2009 with the Orleans Firebirds where he hit only .218 with a team high three homers and 16 RBI. He also showed patience at the plate by working 16 walks in 124 at bats.
Mike Olt is one of the best prospects in the Big East Conference with his great body and has shown his ability to play at the highest level based on his freshman season in which he was named an All-American. Last season, he had to battle through the injury problems which hampered his development and then was moved out of his customary shortstop role with the emergence of Nick Ahmed as the everyday shortstop. Olt made the adjustment to third base for the final 11 games of the season and continued to play at third this summer with Orleans.
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