A 31st Round Draft Pick Turning in to a Prospect

I first saw 2010 31st round pick Jason Townsend in State College at the end of the 2010 season. The right-hander was making one of his final appearances in a year where he would combine for a 3.60 ERA in 20 innings. My recap of Townsend’s performance that night was brief. “Jason Townsend pitched the ninth inning and was wild, throwing 31 pitches in total, and walking the bases loaded.  Townsend got out of the inning...

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West Virginia Wrap Up: Seven Games vs Lakewood

I was able to see the West Virginia Power twice this year when they came to Lakewood. The first time they came in was for the three game series from June 9-11 and they took two of three. The starters for that series were Colton Cain, Jameson Taillon and Brandon Cumpton. The next series was a four game series last week August 5-8 that the teams split and again Jameson Taillon started along with Zack Von Rosenberg, Zack Dodson and...

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2011 West Virginia Power Roster Announced

The West Virginia Power have announced their Opening Day roster for the 2011 season, via a team press release.  The players who will be at the level are as follows: Catchers: Elias Diaz, Kawika Emsley-Pai, Jairo Marquez Infielders: Eric Avila, Matt Curry, Justin Howard, Drew Maggi, Kevin Mort, Gift Ngoepe, Andy Vasquez Outfielders: Dan Grovatt, Rogelios Noris, Mel Rojas Jr Pitchers: Ryan Beckman, Colton Cain, Brandon Cumpton, Kevin...

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2011 West Virginia Power Preview: Bullpen

Today we wrap up the 2011 West Virginia Power preview with a look at the bullpen.  So far we’ve covered the infielders, outfielders, and the starting pitchers.  Normally this is the part where I would talk about how you don’t find prospects in the bullpen at the low-A level.  That’s not the case here.  The West Virginia pitching staff is filled with so many pitching prospects that they will have actual prospects in...

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Interview with Jason Townsend

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...

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