CIRCLING THE BASES: PRO BASEBALL
Things are moving fast in Brett “Boomer” Synek’s world.
After a splendid senior season at the University of Evansville, the Glenbrook North graduate signed a pro contract with the Lake Erie Crushers of the Frontier League in late June.
His days with the Crushers were short-lived.
Last week, Synek, a left-handed catcher, was picked up by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He currently is playing in the Gulf Coast League.
His college resume is pretty impressive. At Evansville, the 5-foot-9, 185-pounder was named all-Missouri Valley twice. Prior to that, he was a two-time Skyway Conference all-star for Oakton Community College.
Synek put up huge numbers for the Aces this past spring. He hit a team-high .341 with six homers, 15 doubles, 38 runs and 48 RBIs in 56 games. He struck out only 22 times in 214 at-bats with an on-base percentage of .439 and a slugging percentage of .514.
And, he did it while playing a new position: catcher.
And, how did that go? Synek picked off 13 baserunners. He caught 19 trying to steal.
Synek, who missed most of the 2015 season after breaking his wrist, also had a solid 2014 for the Aces. As a middle infielder, he earned honorable mention all-conference honors after batting .281 with nine doubles and 41 runs batted in.
At Oakton, Synek was a stat monster, setting seven school hitting records. In 2012, he hit .439 with 22 steals, 56 RBIs and 72 runs. In 2013, he batted .367 with three home runs, 13 steals and 52 RBIs.
Synek was a three-year letter winner and two-year team MVP for coach Dominic Savino at Glenbrook North. During his senior year, he was instrumental in helping the Spartans win their first sectional title in 37 years.
Synek is the son of Rich Synek, who runs the Glenbrook Sports Academy in Glenview. His sister, Lindsay, played softball at North Park University, while his brothers, Michael and Trevor, played professional lacrosse for the Chicago Outlaws.