May 27, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Mike Olt (30) throws to first for an out during the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Olt to play first base at Triple-A, Lars Anderson optioned to Tennessee

The Chicago Cubs optioned Mike Olt to Triple-A Iowa, following his three strikeout performance against the San Diego Padres Tuesday night, where he will start at first base, reports Des Moines Register’s Tommy Birch.

Olt struggled at the plate and struck out 84 times this season. The 25-year-old was hitting .139 with 12 homers and is the first ever Major leaguer to hit below .150 average and have more than 10 homers. Olt has played 12 games at first base in his two year career, including four with the Cubs this season.

Anderson, 26, has spent the past two seasons in a Chicago farm system and this year has hit .277/.358/.446 with three homers and 16 RBIs in 33 games for Iowa. The former Red Sox top prospect spent 2013 in the White Sox organization but batted just .194/.302/.251 before being released.

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