Former UConn first baseman and current Texas Rangers prospect Mike Olt is off to a slow start this season.
He’s hitting just .139 (10-72) with one home run and 32 strikeouts in 20 games.
And now, the former Huskies star (and Danbury Westerner) believes that the reason for his troubles is his vision.
Olt had been considered one of the Rangers’ top prospects, and hit .288 with 28 home runs and 82 RBI in 92 games with the AA Frisco (TX) Rough Riders last season. In fact, Baseball America rated Olt as the Rangers’ 2nd-best prospect, behind wunderkind shortstop Jurickson Profar.
But this year, Olt has struggled to see the ball. His 32 strikeouts have come in just 72 at-bats, and he’s been out of the lineup since last week because of the issues.
Olt is now scheduled to see an eye specialist after nothing unusual was found by a local eye doctor.
Vision problems are nothing new to the Texas Rangers. Former outfielder Josh Hamilton missed five games last season after he reported having trouble seeing the ball.
Hamilton also complained of issues in 2011, when he said he couldn’t see the ball during the day. He ended up wearing new contacts, and eventually an optometrist advised that Hamilton was taking in too much caffeine.
Whatever’s going on in Texas, here’s hoping that Olt, a New Haven native, can get things together soon.