Slowly, MLB clubs start to present the rosters of their farm teams. Today the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Low A, Chicago Cubs) presented their opening day roster. Once again a player of the Dutch kingdom will start his season at Low A.
The player we are talking about is Shendrik Apostel, yes, the brother of Sherten Apostel, who debuted with the Texas Rangers last season.
Shendrik may not be a very well known name for Dutch baseball fans as he played in rookie ball in 2018 and 2019. The 21-year old Shendrik is from Willemstad, Curaçao and broke into professional baseball in 2018.
In his first professional season, he played for the DSL Pirates 1. Apparently, he had to get used to batting with wooden bats as he batted a modest .250 (34 hits in 136 at-bats). A year later, he still played with the DSL Pirates 1 but he managed to raise his batting average a bit to .256.
Early March, 2021, Shendrik was part of a trade that sent him to the Cubs in exchange for pitcher Duane Underwood Jr.
Shendrik Apostel 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