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July 08, 2012

Rangers prospects enjoy Futures Game experience

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In hopes of breaking out of a sluggish start to July, Mike Olt got a haircut and new walk-up song. The walk-up song was more of a joke, though, as he went with Carly Rae Jespen’s hit song, “Call Me Maybe.”

He used it for one game with the Frisco Rough Riders on Friday, and was a little surprised when he heard it played in front of 40,095 fans every time he stepped to the plate Sunday in the Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium.

“I picked it one time to get me out of a slump in Frisco,” Olt said. “The next thing you know, that’s coming on with 40,000 fans. I didn’t see that happening.”

Olt didn’t mind, as it helped him relax. And he came through with an RBI double in a nine-run sixth inning for the U.S. Team, which went on to a 17-5 victory over the World Team.

Olt went 1 for 5, and saw action at third and first base.

“It was a really cool experience,” Olt said. “Just to get that feel of a big league game is a lot of fun.”

Olt’s teammate for the day, UT-Arlington product Michael Choice, also enjoyed his Futures Game debut. Choice, an outfielder in the Oakland organization, went 0 for 2, but hadn’t experienced a game like that since playing for Team USA in 2009.

“It was awesome,” Choice said. “It was a great thing to be a part of.”

Jurickson Profar, the Rangers’ top prospect, played well for the World Team in his second Futures Game.

Profar turned on a 1-2 changeup from Kansas City prospect Jake Odorizzi in the first inning to give the World Team a 1-0 lead. The blast to right went an estimated 345 feet.

“I had two strikes, so I was just trying to make contact and I hit it out,” said Profar, who went 2 for 3. “It was fun. It was about what I expected and to hit a home run was nice.”

-- Drew Davison

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