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RHP Grant Townsend Working Hard on the Mound

Townsend improved his off-speed pitches in 2019

RHP Grant Townsend Working Hard on the Mound

September 16, 2019

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Right-handed pitcher Grant Townsend completed his first full season of professional baseball in 2019. Townsend, who was a Blue Jays’ draftee in 2018 took in all the scenes of pro ball this season.

His scenes in 2019 – included spring training, extended spring training, high-A ball, and short-season ball.

Logging 35 1/3 innings between Dunedin and Vancouver; Townsend fanned 41 batters, and maintained a WHIP of 1.25 in 2019.

Townsend is finding success on the mound with his increased command of his two off-speed pitches. Currently using a slider and a changeup to complement his fastball; the prospect talks about how he worked hard at sharpening his slider and changeup for better results in 2019.

“I’ve really focused on taking a step forward with both of my off-speed pitches,” explained Townsend. “Improved command of the slider was a big accomplishment for me and developing the changeup into a swing-and-miss pitch is something that will really be beneficial moving forward.”

Another thing that will help Townsend moving forward is his brief taste of playing for the Dunedin Blue Jays in 2019. Seeing a more disciplined approach with the hitters in the Florida State League, Townsend has a better idea of what to expect as he continues to move up the ladder.

“The hitters in the FSL have more of an approach,” stated Townsend. “The hitters in the FSL are looking for something specific to accomplish. In the Northwest League you can get away with a mistake pitch occasionally.”

His opportunity to move up the ladder should come next season, as Townsend has big plans for his off-season that includes: rest and relaxation, family time, and of course getting better for next season.

“This off-season will include a mix of work, personal time, and a lot of preparation for next season,” said Townsend. “I plan to work as an instructor for baseball at a facility near my home. I also enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends. Most importantly I plan on coming in next season more mentally and physically advanced compared to where I am now. If you’re not moving forwards, you’re moving backwards, and I intend on utilizing my off-season to make strides towards my goals.”

Be sure to follow Grant Townsend, as he works hard towards moving up the minor league ladder more in 2020.