Taylor J. Jordan
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 190 lb.
- School Brevard Community College
- High School Merritt Island High School
- Debut June 29, 2013
Pitcher Taylor Jordan was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 18th round of the 2007 amateur draft but did not sign. He was then taken by the Washington Nationals in the 9th round of the 2009 amateur draft - the same draft in which they selected Stephen Strasburg first overall. He was signed by scout Tony Arango for a reported $99,500 and made his pro debut that summer with the GCL Nationals, going 2-0 with a 3.63 ERA in 10 games. He then was 2-4, 5.37 in 14 games in 2010 before showing real promise in 2011, when he was 9-4, 2.48 in 18 games for the Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League. However he had to undergo Tommy John surgery that season and was only back pitching in mid-year in 2012, starting back with the Auburn Doubledays of the New York-Penn League. He eventually made it back to Hagerstown and finished at 3-7, 5.13 between the two stops as he was mainly preoccupied with building back his arm strength.
After a slow beginning to his pro career, Jordan mved quickly up the ladder in 2013. He began the year with the Potomac Nationals and was 2-1 with a 1.24 ERA in 6 starts before being promoted to the AA Harrisburg Senators. In 9 outings for the Senators, he went 7-0 with a minuscule 0.83 ERA and hurled a pair of shutouts. He was called up to the majors in late June and made his major league debut on June 29th. Starting against the New York Mets, he gave up just 1 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings of work but took the loss. He also got his first major league hit that day. He made 9 starts for the Nationals, and while his ERA was a solid 3.66 in 51 2/3 innings, his record was only 1-3. He made his last start on August 16th, then was shut down in order to limit the number of his innings.
Jordan made the Nationals' starting rotation out of spring training in 2014, taking the slot left vacant by the injured Doug Fister, who was forced to begin the year on the disabled list. On April 22nd, he made the news by giving up career homers #499 and 500 to Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on the same night. The 7-2 loss made his record 0-3 on the year, with an ERA of 6.23. Following another poor start on April 27th, when he was bothered with the flu and lasted only 4 innings, he was sent down to AAA while reliever Ryan Mattheus was brought up. Fister was now ready to come off the disabled list and take over the slot in the starting rotation.