The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Jason Townsend in the 31st round of the 2010 MLB draft, selecting him as a junior from the University of Alabama. Townsend went to State College, where he served as the closer for the Spikes. He works with a mid-90s fastball, and was recently named by Baseball America as being the best late round pick for the Pirates in the 2010 draft. John Dreker of Pirates Prospects recently had a chance to sit down and talk to Jason about being drafted, as well as his pro debut with the Pirates.
John Dreker: Could you give us some background, such as when you started playing baseball and were you always a pitcher growing up?
Jason Townsend: I started playing baseball when I was around 5 years old. Growing up I've always been a pitcher and it's always been my favorite position, but when I didn't pitch I usually played shortstop.
John: What teams besides the Pirates were interested in you and what was it like leading up to t...
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