Angels Draft Interview: Jordan Towns

It has been 13 years since a player was drafted out of West Georgia. Right-hander Jordan Towns has a school on his shoulders and a desire to make them proud while making his mark in the Angels system.

Talk about what it feels like to get drafted by an MLB team and where you were when it happened.

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.

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