Aug. 2, 2012
For former and current Huskies, it has been a time for change over the last several weeks. One former UConn baseball player is set to make his Major League debut, while another has resurrected his career in the minor leagues. Meanwhile, one recent MLB draft pick has elected to return for his senior season and will spend the remaining days of summer playing ball on the
In just over two years in the minors, former University of Connecticut third baseman Mike Olt has been called up to make his debut in Major League Baseball by the Texas Rangers. Olt, who was playing at Double-A Frisco, had his contract purchased by the big league club late Wednesday night.
With his call-up, Olt becomes the 12th UConn baseball player to reach the majors and the first to debut since left-handed pitcher Jesse Carlson in 2008. Olt will also be the first Husky to appear in a MLB game this season and continues a streak of 23-consecutive years that a player from
"We're so excited for Mike," said
For the Frisco RoughRiders of the Texas League, Olt batted .288, while leading the league in home runs (28), slugging percentage (.579) and OPS (.977). He also ranks second with 82 runs batted in to go with 65 runs, 17 doubles and a .398 on-base percentage.
Olt made previous stops in
"He woke his mom and dad to tell them to pack for
The Rangers are at home tonight to host division rival
Earlier this spring, Mike Tarsi was released by the Minnesota Twins and was a pitcher without a mound until the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic Baseball (
Tarsi, a lefty from
Tarsi returned to AA last month after having his contract purchased by the Atlanta Braves and was assigned to Mississippi of the Southern League.
During the MLB First Year Draft, LJ Mazzilli was selected in the ninth round with the 280th overall pick by the Minnesota Twins. On Friday, July 13, the draft's signing deadline came and went and Mazzilli decided against a contract with the Twins and chose to return for his senior season at
Mazzilli was a First Team All-BIG EAST selection after leading UConn with a .339 batting average in 2012. He hit nine home runs, drove in 38 runs and stole 16 bases. Mazzilli was named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team after batting .500 (8-for-16) with a pair of steals. In the offseason, he was honored as a NEIBA All-Star and was named to the ABCA Regional Second Team.
Mazzilli returned to the
Minor League Notes:
- After receiving a promotion to the Winston-Salem (CHW) Dash (A-Adv.) righty Kevin Vance has produced a 1.80 ERA and struck out six batters in five innings across his first three appearances
- Between July 20 and 30, catcher Brian Esposito of the Iowa Cubs (AAA) went 9-for-16 to lift his average to .253
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