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Pittsburgh Pirates Sign the Younger Brother of Prospect Sherten Apostel

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 Instructional League there next month, which has approximately the same start/end time as the Arizona Fall League. Then he should open up next season in the DSL, where he will compete for time at first base with Ronaldo Paulino and Matthew Mercedes, two players who can also play third base. Sherten Apostel played third base in the DSL this season and put up big numbers, including a .917 OPS, finishing second in the league with nine homers and 56 walks. He is currently in Bradenton for the Fall Instructional League and will begin 2018 in the U.S., opening up third base for the DSL Pirates next year.

Until this signing, the Pirates had just one player in the system recently from Curacao (Sherten Apostel obviously). It’s a country that has produced 15 Major League players, including Yurendell de Caster, who came up through the farm system for the Pirates and played in Pittsburgh during the 2006 season. With the recent breakout performance of Sherten Apostel, it’s not a bad gamble to sign his younger brother, who has a nice track record of success and some huge power potential in his bat.

The Pirates have turned into a family friendly organization in the last year, signing the younger brother of Pablo Reyes, then drafting the younger brother of West Virginia pitcher Mike Wallace. Samuel Reyes pitched well for the GCL Pirates, while Gavin Wallace had a nice season pitching for Morgantown. They already had Gift Ngoepe and his brother Victor, a shortstop in the GCL who has some defensive potential and speed.

None of these signings seem to be based solely on the success of their brother rather than their own merits, but it is a lot of sibling combos. At least on the international side, it may have helped the Pirates get the younger brothers by already having the older ones signed.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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joe s

Where is the international tracker?

BuccosFanStuckinMD

What did he sign for? I don’t see that mentioned?

nmagera07

it’s nice to see huntington continue to acquire players with power potential

napolasky

Didn’t they have brothers from Australia too?

joe s

Does Barry Bonds have a son?

David N

Family friendly, continuing in the tradition of Gene and George Freese, Johnny and Eddie O’Brien, oh yeah, and Paul and Lloyd Waner.

David N

Thanks, John!

TNBucs

So ending 20 years of losing is one thing, but does Huntington have some kind of messiah complex with signing up these Apostels?

TNBucs

Yeah, it was pretty low-hanging fruit 🙂

Alan Saunders

Everyone’s favorite sausage slugger, Randall Simon, was also from Curaçao.

Bill W

Oddly Curacao received it’s baseball indoctrination from its former colonial country The Netherlands. Baseball is very big in The Netherlands especially in the south of the country. I worked in country and they have a very active youth baseball organization.

dangreen1984

I thought we got de Caster in the minor league portion of the rule V.

REEBS

What is the status of Del Santos? There were 2, same last name, felt like one was an OF and other 3B….highly regarded couple years ago…have they fallen by wayside or still prospects….just curious

REEBS

Thanks John! Thats exactly who I meant…sorry to hear that

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