At the youthful age of 24 years old, the Washington Nationals‘ top pitching prospect Taylor Jordan is making his MLB debut today against the New York Mets in place of Dan Haren who is on the DL with a sore shoulder.
The Nationals drafted the 6-foot-3 right-hander in the ninth round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Florida. Since then, he’s been working his way through the minor leagues and has had multiple stops at the Double-A and Single-A levels with Harrisburg, Potomac and Hagerstown.
In nine appearances for the Nationals’ Double-A affiliate in Harrisburg, Jordan is 7-0 with an incredible 0.83 ERA. He’s thrown two complete games and both were complete game shutouts. In 54 innings of work, he’s given up just six total runs and just five of them were earned. On top of that, Jordan has K’d 43 batters while walking just nine.
All those fantastic stats have earned him a spot on the MLB Futures Roster. He will play alongside some of the best minor-leaguers on All-Star weekend in the MLB Futures Game.
For the Nationals, Taylor Jordan could become the pitcher of the future, today. With Dan Haren currently statistically the worst pitcher in baseball, you have to think that today’s game could have a serious affect on his future with the team. While Jordan has yet to pitch at the Triple-A level, he’s been extremely dominant at the Double-A level and general manager Mike Rizzo, one of the best scouting GM’s in baseball, and company want to see what he’ll do.
If you can’t watch today’s game live, you better hit the TiVo button. Taylor Jordan’s first start could be one of the best starts by a Nationals’ pitcher so far this season. It also comes during a crucial three-game stretch in New York where the Nationals could potentially make up some ground on the Atlanta Braves with a sweep this weekend.
The future is now for the Washington Nationals. The ball club hasn’t had a pitcher this good come out of the minor-leagues since, well, a guy named Stephen Strasburg just a few years ago.