Jordan Towns: I was hanging out with one of my buddies and Mr. Chris McAlpin called me and told me the Angels took me in the 25th-round. It has always been a dream of mine to go play professional baseball. I was really excited about it.
You are the first player to be taken from West Georgia in 13 years. Do you feel like there is a torch to carry to make a name for you and the school?
Jordan Towns: I talked to my head baseball coach last night and he was telling me the same thing that I was the first player taken from there in a long time. He was behind me 100 percent and I hope to represent the school as best as I can.
Talk about how you've grown since your high school days and through college. What part of your game has really taken off since then?
Jordan Towns: I think just the mental aspect of it. Coming out of high school I went to a junior college and right away I saw there was a huge jump in the baseball. Then I went to a four year school and it showed me how to pitch and how to approach different hitters. I have grown a lot since high school.
Can you talk a little bit about your repertoire and the speeds you pitch at.
Jordan Towns: I have a decent fastball. When I threw about a month ago I was 92-93. I have a curveball around 72-74 and I also have a split-fingered which can be anywhere from 82-85.
What is the pitch you go to when you need an out?
Jordan Towns: Definitely my fastball. I work off my fastball. If I can get ahead with my fastball then I can come back with my off-speed pitches and work the batter that way.
What do you look forward to now that you get a chance to head into professional baseball?
Jordan Towns: I am looking forward to working with a professional pitching coach and learning how to pitch and maybe even picking up a couple of new pitches. I can get my command even better and work hard to get better overall.
Do you feel like you work lefties and righties the same or is there a particular pitch that maybe you don't throw to a righty but do to a lefty?
Jordan Towns: I kind of treat right-handers and left-handers the same. I don't have an approach for either one. I go after them the same.
Is there a spot in your game that you need to work on?
Jordan Towns: My off-speed pitches and probably the command of my fastball. My command is ok but I need to work on that.
I think I have pretty good mechanics right now but I am definitely willing to change and work and drop this and that around – whatever is going to make me better.
What is it about the game of baseball that you love so much?
Jordan Towns: There are so many things I love. I have been playing forever and just enjoy going out to the baseball field wherever that might be. The fans – and just being able to walk out on the field and play the game. It is so important to me and I love it so much.
I am looking forward to traveling and seeing different parts of the country that I have never seen before. A lot of new things, meeting a lot of different new people and everything that goes along with it.