3B Sherten Apostel
The third baseman first on the pecking order to get a look at the Majors is not 2019 1st Round Pick Josh Jung. Rather, it’s Sherten Apostel. The bat-first third baseman joined the Rangers as a Player To Be Named Later in the deal that sent Keone Kela to the Pittsburgh Pirates and has caught the attention of the organization ever since.
The 21-year old, who hails from Curacao, finished off his 2019 season with High-A Down East has steadily climbed prospect ranking for the Rangers’ farm. With MLB Pipeline slotting Apostel in at 10th in the organization. He fit the profile of a player who could make a big jump in notoriety had the 2020 minor league season been played. Without it though, Apostel would be looking to make a jump from High-A to the MLB, a jump we saw infielder Anderson Tejeda make earlier this season.
Apostel makes sense as a candidate to be promoted to the show because he already is on the Rangers’ 40-man roster. A third baseman with the potential for a big offensive impact, Apostel hit .251 between Hickory and Down East last season with 19 home runs in 121 games. In his Spring Training appearances for the Texas Rangers prior to this season, Apostel hit .211 with a .743 OPS in 13 games.
Before the season started Texas Rangers’ skipper Chris Woodward praised Apostel and noted that the Curacao native is not far off from being ready for the Majors. That, including his current 40-man status, could line Apostel up for a big league look before season’s end.