Pete Woodworth – Pitching Coach, Seattle Mariners

PERSONAL: Peter Woodworth…resides in St. Petersburg, FL, with his wife Shelby and son Graham…graduated from St. Petersburg (FL) Catholic High School…graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2010…pitched from 2007-10 with Eagles, compiling a 25-9 career record, making him school’s all-time wins leader…was 9-2 his senior year as part of staff that included four-time MLB All-Star Chris Sale…signed as a free agent with Tampa Bay organization following senior year.

COACHING/MANAGING CAREER: Woodworth is in his first season as the Mariners Pitching Coach, and his first year as a big league coach, overall, but his fifth season in the Mariners organization…was the pitching coach for the Arkansas Travelers (AA) in 2019, and was voted Mike Coolbaugh Texas League Coach of the Year by the league’s field staffs and media…Arkansas led TL in ERA, shutouts and CG, while allowing fewest walks and home runs…five Travs made their MLB debuts in 2019, four were named TL postseason All-Stars and one was voted TL Pitcher of the Year…spent two seasons (2017-18) as pitching coach for High-A Modesto…joined Mariners organization as pitching coach at Low-A Clinton on June 22, 2016…was pitching coach for his alma mater Florida Gulf Coast in 2015 and 2016…was pitching coach for Nova Southeastern University in 2014….worked as a volunteer assistant coach at Florida Gulf Coast from Aug. 2011 to
Feb. 2012 …scouted for Tampa Bay organization in 2012 and 2013 preparing for the First Year Player Draft.

PLAYING CAREER: Pitched with Gulf Coast League Rays in 2010 after signing as a nondrafted free agent…appeared in 17 games and posted a 1-1 record with 1 save and a 2.42 ERA (26.0 IP, 7 ER).  Woodworth was a valuable piece of the 2009 La Crosse Loggers team that finished 41-27 at the top of the Northwoods League South Division. The 6-foot-2 right-handed pitcher made 12 starts for the Loggers that summer, posting a 4.75 ERA over 64.1 innings. Woodworth also made a postseason start for the Loggers, allowing just one run on two hits over 5.0 innings in a no-decision effort.

Ethan Katz – Pitching Coach, Chicago White Sox

Coaching career

Katz’s first coaching position was as the pitching coach at Harvard-Westlake High School in North Hollywood, California, from September 2009 to July 2013, where he helped coach future major league pitchers Max Fried, Lucas Giolito, and Jack Flaherty.  He served as the pitching coach for the collegiate summer baseball league La Crosse Loggers of the Northwoods League for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

He joined the Los Angeles Angels organization, and served as the pitching coach for the Arizona League Angels in 2013 and for the Class A Burlington Bees of the Class A Midwest League in 2014 and 2015.   Katz then spent the 2016 through 2018 seasons as a pitching coach in the Seattle Mariners organization, in 2016 for the Burlington Bees of the Class A+ California League, where he was named Coach of the Year, and in 2017-18 for the Arkansas Travelers of the Class AA Texas League.

Katz was hired by the San Francisco Giants and served as their assistant minor league pitching coordinator in 2019.

On December 11, 2019, Katz was promoted by the Giants to be their assistant pitching coach.

On November 12, 2020, Katz was hired by the Chicago White Sox to be their pitching coach. Katz was referred to the White Sox by star pitcher Lucas Giolito, who played for Katz at Harvard-Westlake High School in California.

Playing career

Katz was born in Los Angeles, California, and attended University High School in West Los Angeles, California. There, he was All-City, League MVP, and All-League.

He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 47th round of the 2001 MLB draft, but did not sign. Instead he attended East Los Angeles College for one season, before transferring to Sacramento State for two seasons of college baseball. He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 26th round of the 2005 MLB draft.

Katz played in the Rockies organization from 2005 through 2008. In 2005 with the Tri-City Dust Devils of the Class A- Northwest League he was 4-1 with a 2.35 ERA in 21 games (7 starts).  In 2006 back with the Dust Devils he was 4-4 with a 2.15 ERA in 29 games (one start), and with the Asheville Tourists of the Class A South Atlantic League he was 2-0 with a 6.05 ERA in 11 relief appearances.  In 2007, back with the Tourists he was 3-2 with a 2.96 ERA in 19 relief appearances.  He split 2008 between the Dust Devils, for whom he was 0-0 with a 1.08 ERA in 8 relief appearances, and the Tourists, for whom he was 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 14 relief appearances.   He then played for the Victoria Seals of the Golden Baseball League in 2009, for whom he was 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA in 27 relief appearances.