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Mike Olt is too young to be a designated hitter, apparently

Texas Rangers v Boston Red Sox

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 06: Mike Olt #9 of the Texas Rangers takes ground balls during batting practice prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox on August 6, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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One would think that you want to use your DH slot to get your best available bat in the game. Ron Washington thinks differently. After talking about working with rookie Mike Olt on his defense, he had this to say about using him when he’s not playing third base:

The skipper said he doesn’t want to use Olt as a designated hitter at this point.

“He’s too young to DH,” Washington said.

Yeah, you need to at least 35 to be a good DH. Just ask Michael Young and his .271/.297/.348 line. You can’t replace that with a young guy.