Born: June 9, 1993
Height: 5′ 9″
Weight: 185
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Signed: Minor league free agent, 2016
How Acquired: Minor league free agent
College: University of Evansville
Agent: N/A


Synek caught as a senior with Evansville after playing second and third previously.  He was the team’s second-best hitter, putting up a 341/439/514 line with more walks (31) than strikeouts (22).  He played briefly with the Lake Erie Crushers of the Frontier League after going undrafted.  The Pirates signed him in mid-July, as injuries started depleting their catching depth.

IND:  143/462/286, 7 AB, 1 2B, 4 BB, 1 K
R:  259/384/358, 81 AB, 4 2B, 2 3B, 13 BB, 10 K, 3-3 SB

Synek played semi-regularly after signing, splitting his time between catcher and DH.  He was one of the team’s better hitters, but that came as a 23-year-old in rookie ball.  The fact that a non-drafted free agent signed out of independent ball got so much playing time was an indication of the limited number of position prospects the Pirates have at the lower levels of their system.

Synek figures to serve as an organizational player at the lower levels of the system.

2017: Minor League Contract
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2016
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2022
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2019
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
June 28, 2016: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.