Pirates sign Jason Townsend

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.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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