FORT MYERS, Fla. - Eagles pitcher Pete Woodworth, who finished his career at FGCU this past season, became the first player from last year's squad to sign a MLB contract when he signed a free agent deal with the Tampa Bay Rays organization on Thursday.
"I’ve always said I wanted to play for the Rays," Woodworth said. "That's been my dream forever now. It was a little devastating when that last guy in the draft got picked and it wasn't me. But everyone told me I had better things to do and I went on to the next thing and, sure enough, an opportunity opened up."
Woodworth , a native of St. Petersburg, Fla., reports Monday to the club's Gulf Coast Rookie League team in Port Charlotte.
Woodworth, owner of nine victories and a First Team All-Atlantic Sun performer, finished the 2010 campaign with a 9-2 record and a 5.31 ERA in 84.2 innings of work. The senior righty also fanned 67 batters in 2010 and finished his FGCU career with a 25-9 record and 261 strikeouts in four seasons for the Blue and Green.
"This is cool," FGCU Head Coach Dave Tollett said. "It worked out great for him. He gets to play for his favorite team of all time."