The Washington Nationals will be bringing a couple of positional battles to Spring Training. One of those battles will be for the fifth pitching spot and Taylor Jordan will be in the mix for that position.
Jordan was drafted by the Nationals in the ninth round of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft. Since being drafted, he’s slowly worked his way through the Nationals’ farm system. On June 29 against the New York Mets, he made his MLB debut.
His debut ended in a loss, but he didn’t let it get him down. He continued to battle and pitched well for Washington. However, it wasn’t until nearly a month later on July 28 against the same Mets that he won his first game. On the season, he finished 1-3 in nine starts with a 3.66 ERA and 29 strikeouts. All in all, it was a solid effort from him.
His performance in his first season has set him up to contend for the fifth spot in the rotation with Ross Detwiler and Tanner Roark. All three have shown promise, but it’s ultimately Detwiler’s to lose. He has the experience and has finally recovered from an injured back that set him back last year. It would a surprise if he didn’t get the final spot in the rotation.
Another thing working against Jordan is his injured ankle. As reported yesterday, Jordan broke it in a freak accident over the offseason while attempting to get out of a pool. He was in a boot for a month and didn’t get to workout much. According to reports, he’s healthy and ready to go for Spring Training, but how will he hold up? That should be an interesting storyline to follow.
While I don’t think he’ll be starting for the Nationals this season unless someone gets injured, Jordan still has a bright future with this organization. Along with A.J. Cole, we’ll get to see the future of the Washington Nationals’ rotation this Spring.