Texas Rangers IF prospect Sherten Apostel was added to the team’s 40-man roster, protecting him from the MLB Rule 5 Draft. At this time, let’s get to know the Curacao native and examine the factors leading to his addition to the roster.
Dominican Summer League
Pittsburgh signed Shertan Apostel in 2015 as an international free agent. The 2016-2017 seasons, as well as most of his 2018 season, were spent in the Dominican Republic, prior to joining the Texas Rangers organization. Early on, opportunities were aplenty, as Apostel averaged a mere .205 batting with only a solitary HR in 171 ABs for the DSL Pirates. However, a 53 point improvement to his batting average was shown in 2017, ending the season at .258. Additionally, he hit 9 home runs along with 16 extra-base hits in 198 ABs.
The young slugger ranked in the top 30 Pirates prospects, despite his defensive woes.
Trade to the Texas Rangers
As part of the trade that sent Keone Kela to Pittsburgh in 2018, Apostel was brought to the Texas Rangers organization. He was assigned to the Spokane Indians and was ranked #13 on the Rangers prospect list.
The few games with Spokane in 2018 yielded much optimism for the club. The young 3rd baseman slashed .351/.469/.459 in 37 at-bats. Conversely, a sole HR and a double were the only extra-base hits to be seen in those 12 games. Obviously not much can be derived from such a small sample as this but it’s fun to analyze.
The Rangers saw enough of what they wanted from Apostel between Low-A Hickory and High-A Down East. Lefty splits dominated as expected. Above all, Sherten hit 19 home runs between Single-A leagues. Touted more for his bat than his glove, he demonstrated that he has the potential to contribute at the plate.
Where Does Sherten Apostel Fit?
Though athletic, Sherten Apostel won’t be long for third base. The demands of the position call for better defense than he has shown since 2016; an issue he has carried with him through the Single-A ranks. Undoubtedly, there is plenty of value in a player like Sherten. Despite never playing the position regularly, Apostel is bound for 1st base, where sub-par defense doesn’t show as much. It is only a matter of time. With the state of first base still in the air, we can not assume that Apostel won’t be seen in a Rangers uniform in 2020. He is currently ranked #10 in the Rangers prospect pipeline.
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