Ethan Katz’s communication with Chicago White Sox pitchers was restricted final offseason due to the lockout.
There’s no such hurdle dealing with the pitching coach this time.
“I get to contact our guys as a lot as I need, which is all the time good,” Katz stated Thursday throughout a video convention name. “You realize the place they’re, reply their questions. Watch video, do movies with them, to remain on prime of every thing and ensure they’re having the most effective offseason doable.
“We simply gave them their participant plans, so that they have plenty of info that they’re digesting and they’re beginning to ramp up already. They’re excited. We’re going to get plenty of work accomplished this offseason and be able to go.”
Katz is returning for his third season with the Sox, one in every of three teaching positions introduced when the crew introduced Pedro Grifol as the manager. Charlie Montoyo is the bench coach and Curt Hasler is again because the bullpen coach. The Sox anticipate announcing the remainder of the staff within the coming weeks.
“We really feel actually good about the place our pitching program is and suppose Ethan is among the most interesting pitching coaches round within the recreation,” Sox common supervisor Rick Hahn stated Nov. 8 on the GM Conferences in Las Vegas. “It was essential to verify he was going to be a part of the subsequent employees.”
Katz stated conversations with Grifol “have been nice.”
“There’s been plenty of dialogue,” Katz stated. “Determining the place guys are proper now, simply speaking in regards to the crew from the pitching standpoint. The way it’s going to be from final 12 months to this 12 months, that is available in due time. However to this point conversations have been improbable, the communication has been actually good.
“I coached within the minor leagues for a protracted, very long time and each supervisor I’ve ever been with I’ve had nice relationships with. It’s simply going to naturally take its course. We’ll work collectively and it’s going to be plenty of enjoyable.”
Starter Dylan Stop is glad to proceed working with Katz.
“I actually owe plenty of my success to Ethan and Has,” Stop stated Wednesday throughout a video convention name. “Ethan from day one got here in and had a plan to assist me and we work rather well collectively. He was in a position to give me info and put me in the correct path. It’s good not having to place plenty of psychological power into that facet and I can put it within the technique of what I’ve to do to get higher.
“I owe lots to Ethan, he actually helped me take my profession to the subsequent stage, which is one thing that I actually suppose must be earned persistently. I’m actually grateful I get to work with him. And he has positively earned that job.”
“I used to be very comfortable for him, the work he put in and getting acknowledged for that, particularly getting snubbed from the All-Star Game,” Katz stated. “Coming in second and never being an All-Star says lots in regards to the season he had and the way he completed. That wasn’t a distraction to him.
“Watching the day-to-day work. The conversations we have now. The assumption and belief in his stuff. He has grown lots.”
Katz was requested about Michael Kopech’s progress after present process surgical procedure in late September to handle what the crew known as an “concern with (his proper) meniscus.” Katz stated Kopech’s rehab is “going properly” however slower than initially thought.
Mentioned Katz: “It’s going to be a bit of slower development than we initially thought however he’s nonetheless on observe to be prepared for spring full go.”
Stop, Kopech, Lucas Giolito and Lance Lynn are at present within the rotation. With Johnny Cueto a free agent, Katz stated acquiring one other starter is “our largest want from the pitching standpoint.”
A part of the conversations with these on the pitching employees has addressed the pitch clock and other changes coming in 2023.
“We’ve talked to the pitchers, given them some concepts on stuff they’ll do apart from their day-to-day throwing to attempt to actually be artistic,” Katz stated. “We had a Zoom with our minor-league coaches. I discuss to them lots. I’ve some expertise with a (pitch) clock within the minor leagues, however there have been plenty of loopholes to work by that, which we gained’t have. It’s simply getting folks’s suggestions from final 12 months and attempting to be as artistic as doable on our finish.
“I really feel fairly good of the place we’re and what we’re going to do in spring coaching. … It’s one thing that’s been actually thought out lots, and it’s going to be one thing that we’re going to work by. It’s one thing I’ve stated we’re solely speaking about this in a constructive gentle and the way it is a weapon for us. We’re not going to speak about this in a detrimental method as a result of that is one thing that might actually be a bonus to us, and I really consider that.”