The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed their 31st round draft pick, right handed pitcher Jason Townsend, according to the Albany Herald (link via Bucs Dugout). Townsend is a junior from Alabama, after transferring from Chipola Junior College, where he played his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Townsend made 21 appearances in 2010 with Alabama, with two starts mixed in. Townsend had a 6.25 ERA in 36 innings, with a 36:23 K/BB ratio, and a .319 BAA. Townsend is a hard thrower, touching 94 MPH, although his control needs some work, as seen with his high walk rates. He could be an effective relief prospect if he manages to work out his control. Townsend should start at the lower levels of the minors, either in State College or in the Gulf Coast League.
The draft pick signing tracker is updated. The Pirates have now signed 12 picks.