Pitching Heats Up At Wuerfel Park

TRAVERSE CITY, MI— The Beach Bums have made another move in a trade with the Rockford Riverhawks to acquire pitcher Peter Woodworth in exchange for recent signee Chris Krepline. Photograph of Pete Woodworth was provided by and used with the permission of Florida Gulf Coast University.

Pete Woodworth, 22, was not drafted after graduation from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2010 but quickly joined the Gulf Coast League Rays. Woodworth saw action in 17 games and posted a 2.42 ERA with 26 IP and a 1-1 record. He also fanned 26 batters, averaging one strikeout per inning.

As an Eagle at Florida Gulf Coast University, Woodworth was a mainstay in the starting pitching rotation increasing his inning load with each year. As a senior, he tossed 84.2 innings while posting an impressive 9-2 record while fanning 67 batters. Woodworth was also named to the All-Atlantic Sun First Team.

Jason Wuerfel, Director of Baseball Operations for the Traverse City Beach Bums is excited about the addition of Woodworth to the pitching staff. "Woodworth is an extremely durable right-hander who was used as both a starter and reliever in the same week in college and then headed out to the summer collegiate leagues to rack up even more innings. Even more impressive, for all the innings he logged, he still managed to strike out one batter per inning for close to three-hundred college innings and another hundred to hundred and fifty summer innings. He was outstanding in his brief opportunity with the Rays last year in his professional debut, and I'm sure he'll be eager to continue to prove himself as a professional."

The Traverse City Beach Bums are members of the Frontier League, an independent baseball league with teams in seven Midwest states. The Beach Bums are entering their sixth season of play in 2011 and season tickets are now on sale. The Beach Bums will be playing their season opener at Wuerfel Park on a FANtastic Fireworks Friday, May 27, 2011. First pitch will be at 7:05 p.m. with gates opening an hour prior. Please phone 231-943-0100 for more information.

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