Pirates Sign Catcher Boomer Synek as a Non-Drafted Free Agent

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 Spring Training.

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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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Michael T

Did Hagen Owenby ever end up signing or is he going back to school? Knew he was a sophomore, was hoping we’d snap him. Just don’t remember reading anything about him since the draft.

Todd Shevchik

All the East Tennessee State boys, including Owenby, did not sign and are going back to ETSU.


I hope he has surprising power.

“Another dinger for Boomer!”


“He’s called Boomer because he does that to baseballs!”

William R. Maloni Sr

Dark–I think he has digestion problems. 😉


New contestant for the best baseball name in the Pirates Organization?

Mike G

Still sticking with Mister Lucero, mister.

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