Ethan Katz had interesting things to say on White Sox Talk Podcast

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Feb 18, 2020; Scottsdale, Arizona, USA; San Francisco Giants assistant pitching coach Ethan Katz (21) poses for a photo during spring training media day at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2020; Scottsdale, Arizona, USA; San Francisco Giants assistant pitching coach Ethan Katz (21) poses for a photo during spring training media day at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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Ethan Katz had some very interesting things to say on the White Sox Talk Podcast.

The Chicago White Sox are so lucky to have Ethan Katz as their new pitching coach. Don Cooper did some great things with some great pitchers but it was time for a change. Katz is a brilliant young mind that has a chance to make a major impact on a lot of young pitchers. The White Sox have already benefitted from his knowledge because he helped out one of his former high school students named Lucas Giolito. Now, he will try to help other great players coming up with the team.

Katz went on the White Sox Talk Podcast to talk about some of these things and it was very interesting. He spoke with Chuck Garfien and some great things came out of the interview. He went in-depth with some of the big questions that some fans might have about the current White Sox pitching situation. Of course, we know how good their offense is and he even acknowledged that. Katz knows that the pitching has to be able to keep up and if they do, they could be a very special team.

Katz is going to be working under Tony La Russa. He mentioned some of the things that make him excited about working with him and the fact that La Russa is very “detail orientated” is one of them. Most Sox fans are very skeptical about the hire but it seems like it might be able to work out. The biggest issue with the team in 2020 was the handling of the pitching and these two seem to have a good idea of what to do in most situations.

Of course, Michael Kopech is the biggest question mark on the entire roster. He has the nastiest stuff in the organization but he just needs to get out there and use it. Katz claims that he communicates with Kopech frequently and that he is doing great. The way Kopech’s offseason is going, according to Katz, has him on track to be ready for the 2020 season. He is expected to be fully recovered from Tommy John and a “big contributor” in 2020.

The next biggest question has to be Garrett Crochet. He is another flamethrowing pitcher that is so much fun to watch. He only pitched a very small amount in 2020 but he can throw over 100 with regularity. He was drafted in 2020 and the only reason he already made his MLB debut is because of the fact that COVID-19 shut down the minor league season. It had some people wondering if he would start 2021 in the minors but Katz claims that he will be “a big part of what we do next year”. He also claimed that Crochet is not normal and neither is his stuff. He is special.

Lance Lynn is a brand new starter that the White Sox acquired in a trade. He is one of the better starters in the American League which makes the top of the rotation that much better. Katz claimed that people outside of the organization have reached out to him just to talk highly of Lynn. Lynn told Katz that he wants the ball as much as he can get it and that he might get angry when it is time to take him out. It is exciting to think about the fact that the White Sox have a pitcher who wants to win that bad.

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Add in helping Dylan Cease take the next step, trying to get something out of Reynaldo Lopez, and working to help every other pitcher on the staff and you have something to look forward to. Katz is very smart. He is also very optimistic about the players on this team. If he can help some of them the way that he helped Lucas Giolito, they will become one of the better pitching teams in the league.

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