The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 17-year-old first baseman Shendrik Apostel, who is the younger brother of prospect Sherten Apostel. The younger Apostel is a big kid, who has had some success in international competition, including the 2012 Little League World Series. At the time of the LLWS, when he was 12 years old, he already stood 6'2", 189 pounds and showed off easy power. He has grown to 6'5" and filled out (225 lb range), with a strong frame for a player his age and raw power as his main tool. Shendrik bats and throws right-handed.
I talked to one of the DSL Pirate players who recently saw him play and he backed up the scouting reports, saying "He is very strong. Easy power."
Shendrik has been at the Dominican academy this summer and will take part in the Dominican Fall Inst...
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