Well Divas, remedy treat the day is finally here—the start to baseball season! Just in time for the home openers (the White Sox opened their season on Monday versus the Minnesota Twins and the Cubs are Friday vs the Philadelphia Phillies), advice we’ve got two stellar guys who nabbed roster spots and who should be on your radar this week: Marcus Semien of the White Sox and Mike Olt of the Cubs, for sale our HAM (s) of the Week. Both of these hot players are definitely reason enough for you to visit the Cell and Wrigley Field this season.
Marcus Semien – Jersey Number: 5 Position: 2B Age: 23
The 411: The San Franciscan is one of the hottest prospects to watch this season. With Gordon Beckham on the disabled list, Semien will make his opening day debut.
He was drafted by the White Sox in the 2008 MLB Draft after finishing his senior year of high school. Semien chose to attend college at the University of California-Berkeley, where he played shortstop and second base and led the team to the College World Series in 2011. The White Sox must have really really liked him, since they drafted Semien again in the 2011 draft after his junior year.
He started his career in Class-A, then moved up to Class A-Advanced in 2012, where he had 64 singles, 31 doubles, 14 home runs, 59 RBI, 11 stolen bases and five triples. And last year, he was the White Sox‘s #17 prospect—he was called up from Triple-A to record a single and a home run, respectively, in two games this past September. He was also named a 2013 MVP in the Southern League and an MLB.com All-Star for the White Sox.
Despite his impressive stats, it’s hard to say whether he’ll stay on the roster, but Semien’s active spot is a smart move by Robin Ventura in rebuilding the team for the new season.
He’s versatile (he played at third base during his call-up in September), but he also respects his teammates and seems to be a bit more private—he does not have any active social media accounts. Yet it’s his chiseled jawline and pearly whites that really drew us in. He’s humble and soft-spoken, as he reflects on his time with Fox Sports NEXT at this year’s Spring Training in Glendale:
Mike Olt – Jersey Number: 30 Position: 3B Age: 25
The 411: The Branford, Connecticut native certainly isn’t new to the big leagues—he played for the Texas Rangers before being traded to the Cubs in July 2013. Olt played for his high school and college teams, the latter at where he was named All-American his freshman year.
Olt was drafted by the Rangers in the 2010 MLB Draft, and played in the Class Double-A leagues before making his MLB debut in 2012. He went to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League during 2013 Spring Training, and fluctuated between the team and the majors due to vision problems. The Cubs have had their eyes on him since 2012, when Olt hit 28 homers and 82 RBIs in 95 games in Double-A, which nabbed him the league’s minor league player of the year. And right now, you should too—those hazels are killer!
And when he’s not on the field, he’s channeling his alter ego:
— Mike Olt (@mike_olt) January 20, 2014
Like the Sox, the Cubs are in a transition phase, and adding Olt to the roster, under the watch of new field manager Rick Renteria, could be a sign of moving in the right direction.
And don’t forget to check out the SportsDivas team on Fox News today and Friday (including yours truly!) at 8:30 a.m. discussing Opening Day fashion!