Orioles Prospect Profile #4: Tyler Townsend

Can 2012 be just as successful season for Townsend as 2011?

Tyler Townsend

Position: 1B

Height: 6'3”

Weight: 215 lbs

Born: 5/14/1988

Bats: Left

Throws: Right

Background:

The Orioles third round selection in the 2009 draft, Townsend impressed in his second full season. The Delaware native hit .317 with 13 homers and 50 RBI in 67 games with the high-A Frederick Keys in 2011.

Townsend was a product of Florida International University where he was a First Team All-American by Louisville Slugger, First Team All-Sun Belt and First Team South Central All-Region in 2009.

Scouting Report:

Townsend has a smooth swing and tends to show consistency at the plate. He expects to swing every time he steps in the batter's box, which could result in his power numbers increasing and walk ratings decreasing. The 23-year-old can hit the ball to all fields and actually shows additional power to the opposite field.

Defensively, Townsend has the ability to play a solid first base at the higher levels. He is athletic and a quick reaction with the glove, which is important for the position. Townsend isn't a huge speed threat on the base paths. He is a below average runner and shouldn't expect to see too many stolen bases moving forward. Performance

Performance

                                                                                                                           

Level

Team

AB

AVG

2B

HR

RBI

SO

BB

OBP%

SLG%

Gulf

Orioles

17

.235

0

1

8

4

3

.333

.529

A+

Frederick

252

.317

24

13

50

64

11

.358

.583


Health Record

Townsend missed over half the 2011 season with hamstring issues.

Future

Townsend would be better recognized if he didn't suffer the hamstring injuries last season. He can hit to all fields and can compete in the organization with other first baseman prospects Joe Mahoney and Aaron Baker.

There is no true timetable for the major leagues for the Orioles prospect, but if he can stay healthy the light will be brighter at the end of the tunnel for Townsend. He does have a bright future.


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