Jason Townsend -- R/R, 6' 3", 190 lbTownsend came to the Pirates in the 31st round of the 2010 draft. He reported to State College, where he was mostly used as the closer. He appeared in 20 games for a total of 20 innings in July and August. July was his better month, when he allowed 3 earned runs and 12 hits in 11.1 innings (2.38 ERA) with 6 walks and 9 strikeouts. In August/September, Townsend made another 10 appearances, and gae up 5 runs and 14 hits over 8.2 innings (5.19 ERA), with another 6 walks and 9 strikeouts. Townsend's big plus is his fastball velocity, which is in the mid-90's, and sometimes a bit higher; his weak point is his control. He's also got a slider and a changeup. The 22-year-old Townsend can als...
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Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.