Mike Olt: Texas minor league player of year

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers announced today that Mike Olt has been named the Tom Grieve minor league player of the year. Olt joins Cody Buckel (Nolan Ryan pitcher of the year), Engel Beltre (defender of the year) and Ben Rowen (reliever of the year) as award winners. Each will get their awards at the Dr Pepper Awards Show next Friday (Jan. 11) at the Arlington Convention Center.

In addition, Hunter Pence (Arlington High grad) was named Texas professional player of the year and John Burkett is the Mark Holtz Alumni Award winner.

For more information on the Awards Show and Fan Fest, which goes from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, click here or call 972-RANGERS.

Here's some tidbits about the four minor leaguers winning awards from the club's official release:

Olt: Earned the organization’s top minor league award despite spending only four months at Frisco (AA)…batted .282 with 17 doubles, 28 homers, and 82 RBI in just 95 games for the RoughRiders…led the Texas League in homers and slugging (.579) and ranked 4th in RBI, all highs in the organization…was a 1st team selection at 3B on Baseball America’s Minor League All-Star Team…was the Rangers Minor League Player of the Month for both May and June …led all Double-A players in homers at the time of promotion to Texas on August 2 where he spent the rest of the season…was selected by Texas as a supplemental pick in the 1st round of the 2010 1st Year Player Draft.

Buckel: Right-hander combined to go 10-8, 2.49 with 159 strikeouts in 144.2 innings over 26 games with Myrtle Beach (High-A) and Frisco (AA)…was a 2nd team selection on Baseball America’s Minor League All-Star Team… had the lowest ERA among all Texas minor leaguers and was 1st in strikeouts…held opponents to an organization low .206 batting average…was 5-3, 1.31 with 91 strikeouts in 75.2 innings for Myrtle Beach and was a 3-time Carolina League Pitcher of the Week…was promoted to Frisco in June, going 5-5, 3.78 in 13 games/10 starts with 68 strikeouts in 69.0 innings…won his last 4 decisions with a 0.56 ERA…was selected by Texas in the 2nd round of the 2010 1st Year Player Draft.

Beltre: Centerfielder spent the entire season at Frisco (AA), batting .261 with 13 homers, 55 RBI and an organization best 36 steals in 133 games…had 17 triples, tied for the 2nd highest total in the minor leagues…played outstanding defense, committing just one error in 320 total chances and recording 12 outfield assists…played in the Texas League All-Star Game and was selected to the league’s post-season All-Star squad…was a 2-time Texas League Player of the Week…was acquired from the Boston Red Sox in a 4-player trade in July 2007.

Rowen: Right-hander led the Carolina League with 19 saves, most among all Texas minor leaguers, at Myrtle Beach (High-A)…was 5-0, 1.57 with 52 strikeouts in 57.1 innings over 38 appearances with the Pelicans…was selected to the Carolina League post-season All-Star Team…had 18 saves after the All-Star break, most in the minor leagues…had a 31.2 innings scoreless streak from June 4-August 14…opponents hit just .201…was selected by Texas in the 22nd round of the 2010 1st Year Player Draft.