Woods Jr. begins his first season with the Ducks and sixth in professional baseball. The right-hander, who is the son of 2001 Ducks right-handed pitcher Stephen Woods, has spent the past two seasons in the Kansas City Royals organization. In 2022, he combined to go 2-0 with a 4.28 ERA in 41 games between Triple-A Omaha and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He recorded one save and 75 strikeouts over 61 innings of work. Prior to his time in the Royals system, the Huntington native pitched with the Charlotte Stone Crabs (A+, Rays) of the Florida State League in 2019. He compiled a 9-3 record with a 1.88 ERA in 18 games (12 starts), totaling 79 strikeouts to 33 walks in 86.1 innings.
The 27-year-old began his career by spending two seasons in the San Francisco Giants organization (2016-17). He made 23 starts for Single-A Augusta in 2017, going 6-7 with a 2.95 ERA and 113 strikeouts over 110 innings. For his efforts, he was named an MiLB.com Organization All-Star. Recently, he represented Team Italy at the 2023 World Baseball Classic. Prior to his professional career, the righty played his collegiate baseball at SUNY Albany and his high school baseball on Long Island at Half Hollow Hills East High School in Dix Hills. Woods Jr. was originally selected by the Giants in the eighth round of the 2016 amateur draft.