It looks like the Pittsburgh Pirates are done with their draft signings after getting right-handed prep pitcher Austin Shields this morning. They weren't done signing players though, inking a deal with Evansville University catcher Boomer Synek. He has been playing for Lake Erie of the Frontier League after going undrafted this year as a senior.
Synek had a big season this year, batting .341/.439/.514 in 56 games as the lead-off hitter, with 31 walks and 22 strikeouts. He was a second baseman prior to the 2016 season and he has played third base as well. The 23-year-old is a lefty hitter, who is 5'9", 185 pounds. Synek is at Pirate City today and could go to Bristol, after catcher Yoel Gonzalez had the leave Wednesday's game with a thumb injury that has been affecting him since early in...
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