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| Born: September 17, 1988
Height: 6′ 3″
Drafted: 31st Round, 927th Overall, 2010
How Acquired: Draft
Agent: Mike Mosa
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|According to Baseball America, Townsend’s velocity got as high as 94 in college, but BA believed that he lacked a feel for pitching or a consistent breaking ball. Apart from the fastball he throws a slider and change. He spent his first two years at Chipola JC. He signed about three weeks after the draft.
Served as the primary closer for State College. Despite a decent ERA, he didn’t pitch well, allowing almost two baserunners per inning. The Pirates were, however, impressed with his stuff, particularly his fastball, which topped out at 97.
Townsend had a good season as the primary closer for West Virginia, although he didn’t show the velocity he did in 2010. He sat in the low 90s in some games, around 93 in others, topping out around 95. His control was much better than in 2010. He K rate was just decent and not what you’d expect from a power arm pitching in short relief.
Townsend spent most of 2012 in the Bradenton bullpen. He had a good ERA and didn’t allow a HR, but the low K rate shows he wasn’t dominant. He didn’t regain the mid-90s velocity and instead mostly sat in the low-90s. The Pirates promoted him to Altoona at the end of the season and he got into three games.
Townsend isn’t showing the kind of stuff the Pirates hoped when they drafted him. Although he’s continued to get good results, he needs to dominate as a reliever if he’s going to have a shot at the majors. He’ll return to Altoona in 2013.