Townsend pitching for Alabama

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 pit...

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