SCHAUMBURG, IL (January 19, 2018) – The Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, have re-signed LHP Gunnar Kines and INF Jack Parenty. The Boomers have also signed a new addition for 2018 in RHP Zach Morgenstern.
Kines, 24, will return for his third season with the Boomers. In 2017 he started 7 games with a 5-1 record and posting a 1.30 ERA. Kines also struck out 10 batters twice in those 7 games he started, becoming just the third pitcher in team history to throw multiple double-digit strikeout performances and the second to do so in the same season. The left hander posted three shutout appearances allowing just six runs in his 7 games he started for Schaumburg, while striking out 53 batters in just 41.1 innings of work before being acquired by the New York Mets.
While pitching for the Brooklyn Cyclones, Kines had a record of 2-2 posting a 3.00 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, and an 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings. He also was named the New York Penn League Pitcher of the Week on July 22nd before suffering a season ending ankle injury on July 28th. The Myrtle Beach, South Carolina native was a four-time College All-Region pitcher and a two-time College All-American during an outstanding collegiate career where he holds the Mount Olive record for most strikeouts in a game at 18.
Parenty, 24, will return for his second season for Schaumburg. The Wantagh, New York native played in 69 games during the regular season for the Boomers where he batted .272 and had an on-base percentage of .318 in 258 plate appearances. Parenty played most of his time in the field at second base where he had only had three errors in 110 attempts, but also was a great utility player in the field for the Boomers where he spent time at shortstop, left field, and right field. Parenty attended Stony Brook University in New York and was named the America East Conference Player of the Year in 2015 and earned a spot on the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region team.
Morgenstern, 23, will make his debut with the Boomers this upcoming 2018 season. In 2017, Morgenstern was a part of the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association as a reliever. He made appearances in 10 games pitching 20.1 innings and posting a 1-1 record with a 5.31 ERA. The East Peoria, Illinois native attended Augustana College in Rock Island, IL where he led the way in starting pitching for the Vikings his senior year in 2017 posting an 8-1 record along with a 3.53 ERA, which was best among starters on the team. He pitched a total of 86.2 innings, striking out 101 batters on his way to being awarded the 2017 Most Outstanding Pitcher for the Vikings, and also earning an ABCA/Rawlings All-Central Region second team selection.
The Boomers 2018 season, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, begins May 11. The Home Opener is Tuesday, May 15 vs. Southern Illinois.
Season ticket packages and group and hospitality offerings for the 2018 season can be reserved by calling (847) 461-3695 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Single-game tickets will go on-sale Tuesday, April 2 at 10:00 AM.
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