Pirates Sign Third Baseman From Curacao For Six-Figure Bonus

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed third baseman Sherton Apostel from Curacao on Thursday afternoon. He is 16 years old, standing 6’4″, 200 pounds and still growing. He has an outstanding arm, with good grace for his size and he’s a terrific athlete. Apostel is a right-handed hitter, who makes good contact at the plate and has raw power that should develop well due to his size. He also possesses great instincts and fire for the game. The Pirates believe that if he doesn’t develop as a third baseman, his arm and athleticism would allow him to be a dominant pitcher. He has pitched in the past in international competition and he also previously played shortstop.

Apostel received a $200,000 signing bonus, which means the Pirates have spent approximately $1,495,000 this year on international signings. One bonus amount is unknown at this time. The international signing tracker has been updated. The Pirates have now signed eight players since July 2nd.

  • maybe the next signing will come from Hati

  • Those pirates scouts are sure turning over some pretty nice rocks.

  • Hope this Apostel brings us some good news.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    July 9, 2015 7:57 pm

    Sounds like h definitely passes the eyeball test – 16 years old and 6’4″ 200 – wow. This could be one of those kids that grows into a stud prospect, if he is coached properly and he has a good attitude and strong work ethic. I just hope they don’t mess him up by moving him around to different positions – especially from position player to pitcher, which never seems to end well.

    • He does look good from an eye-test perspective on paper, but so did Heredia! I hope there is still some projection left in that body, but even if not a 6’4 200 lb kid is still pretty darn big. Now, if only we could actually find success developing hitting.

  • The Bahamas?, Curacao? Gawd, what an awful district for our poor scout(s). Or is this Gayo’s reward for previous success?

    • Andruw Jones, Kenley Janson, Jurickson Profar, Alderton Simmons, Jonathan Schoop. And the Island has a tenth of the population of Pittsburgh.

  • michaelbro8
    July 9, 2015 6:24 pm

    Someday soon the average height of a mlb team will equal that of an NBA team ?

  • Wow. Get that boy on the mound.

    • Except we need corner infielders as much as we do pitching depth. That size could really bring a great power bat.

      • Stanley Yip
        July 9, 2015 8:22 pm

        We need corner infielders now. Nothing we can do with him right now. I look forward to seeing him in 4 or 5 years.

      • My thoughts exactly, Jared.

        • I figured it might be. By the way, the more I watch Polanco, I think you’re right…if he wasn’t being messed with I think he’d be putting ball after ball over the Clemente Wall.

    • Some guys, like Polanco, prefer to play everyday. At 16 I say put him in the Academy, try him everywhere and let him choose what he likes.

  • Darkstone42
    July 9, 2015 5:43 pm

    That is some exciting size, and those tools sound exciting, too. Only 16 and already that big? Oof.

    • John Dreker
      July 9, 2015 5:45 pm

      Nothing against the other Int’l players, but he sounds like the best one so far. We got good scouting reports on all eight players and I personally like him the most