Every Major League Baseball team has 25 various players on the team at any given time. When they can expand the roster, they add 15 more players. Those are the people that you see on your TV every day and those are the players you get to know. But when you really think about an organization, you cannot forget about all of the players that will be apart of that future 25-40. One such player is Alex Katz, a pitcher in the Chicago White Sox organization.
Alex Katz, New York native, was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 27th round of the 2015 MLB Draft. Just prior to that, he was winning the Big East Tournament with his college team, the St. John’s Red Storm.
He was even named Big East Pitcher of the Week for his 13 strike outs with 7.0 scoreless innings pitched in March of that year.Flash forward to after the draft, later in 2015, as part of the Arizona League White Sox, Katz was a pitched to a 2.20 ERA in 32.2 innings. He struck out 40 batters. They also went on to win the championship in 2015.
In 2016, he started out in the South Atlantic league with the Kannapolis Intimidators. He also took the next step in his career spending time with the Winston-Salem Dash in the Carolina league. He finished the year with a 3.27 ERA and 2 saves, and in 55 innings he struck out 57 batters. Not too shabby for a guy just getting started.
His first stop in 2017? He will be representing Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic.
Without further adieu, here is a little bit more about Alex Katz!
Not A Gameday Guide: Minor League life is definitely known to be a grind. How do you stay on top of it?
Alex Katz: I’m a big routine type of guy. A professional baseball season is very long, and the only way to stay consistent throughout such a long season is to have routines.
NGG: You’re on a 15 hour bus ride, what’s your go to source of entertainment?
AK: I’m either napping, listening to music or watching movies.
NGG: See you’re a fan of Barstool Sports, if you got the chance to spend the day with one of their guys, who would it be and why?
AK: Big Cat because he has the same last name as me and the dude is hilarious.
NGG: What is your favorite home-cooked meal?
AK: Pizza or tortilla soup.
NGG: On an airplane, do you go window or aisle seat?
AK: Window, love looking outside.
NGG: What would you be doing if you were not playing baseball?
AK: I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else.
NGG: If you got to pitch against anybody, past players or present, who would you want in the box?
AK: Babe Ruth because he is one of the most famous ballplayers off all time.
NGG: Describe one hidden talent or quirk that not a lot of people know that you have.
AK: I was an all county bass player in middle school.
NGG: Would you group yourself as a “Pitcher who Rakes” or a “Bunt Guy”?
AK: “Pitcher who rakes”. I love hitting, and actually was a better hitter than pitcher in high school.
NGG: You get the call, and you’re going to the big leagues. Where is the one stadium that you’ve been dreaming of playing in?
AK: Guaranteed Rate Field. Would love to pitch in front of thousands of White Sox fans.
NGG: Who would you say is the funniest teammate you have?
AK: Landon Lassiter. He definitely keeps the team loose.
Today someone asked me if a hotdog is a sandwich. Is it?…
— Alex Katz (@kittyelgato12) February 20, 2016
NGG: Did you ever find out of a hot dog is really a sandwich or not?
AK: I have not. I don’t know if this discussion will ever be settled.
NGG: Which is the bigger moment, graduating from St. John’s, getting the call that you were going to be on Team Israel in the WBC, or getting picked up by the Chicago White Sox?
AK: All are extremely important in my life. It’s hard to put those in order.
NGG: What’s next? (Career or otherwise)
AK: Currently. I’m in Arizona for Spring Training and I’ll be heading to Korea soon to play with Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic.
A baseball player through and through, who would love nothing more than to get in front of those White Sox fans and help Israel win the World Baseball Classic. You gotta love players who just genuinely love the game.
Thanks so much for the time, Alex! And good luck at the WBC.
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