Townsend pitched 4.1 shutout innings in his Double-A debut.

Minor Moves: Pirates Release Two Minor League Pitchers

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released two minor league pitchers today, cutting ties with right-handers Jason Townsend and Jorge Mendoza.

Townsend is the bigger name here, reaching Altoona and looking like a legit relief prospect for awhile. He was drafted in the 31st round in 2010, and was hitting 97 out of the bullpen with poor control right after the draft. He improved on that control in following years, but didn’t post the strikeout numbers you’d want from a reliever. Things fell apart for him in 2013, and he didn’t recover in 2014.

Mendoza is a lower level organizational guy. He pitched in the DSL in 2012, and one inning in 2011. He didn’t pitch last year, and was set to go to Bristol this year, but never pitched in a game.

The Pirates also sent Jhonathan Ramos back to Altoona.

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