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Taylor Jordan (born January 17, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. He has played for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Taylor Jordan
Sioux City Explorers – No. 24
Pitcher
Born: (1989-01-17) January 17, 1989 (age 30)
Merritt Island, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 29, 2013, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
(through August 26, 2014)
Win–loss record1–8
Earned run average4.48
Strikeouts57
Teams

Professional careerEdit

Jordan was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 18th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft out Merritt Island High School in Merritt Island, Florida, but did not sign.

Washington NationalsEdit

He was then drafted by the Washington Nationals in the ninth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft out of Brevard Community College.

He made his professional debut for the Gulf Coast League Nationals in 2009. During the 2010 season he appeared for the Vermont Lake Monsters of the short-season New York–Penn League and the Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League. In 2011, Jordan played for Hagerstown and the New York–Penn League's Auburn Doubledays, before ending the season early and undergoing Tommy John surgery. He split time between Hagerstown and Auburn again in 2012 after his surgery.

Jordan began the 2013 season with the Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League. He was promoted to the Double-A Harrisburg Senators after making six starts for Potomac in which he had a 2–1 record and a 1.24 ERA.[1]

Jordan's contract was selected from Harrisburg on June 29, 2013 and he made his major league debut the same day against the New York Mets. At the time of his promotion, Jordan had made eight starts for Harrisburg and compiled a 7–0 record with a 0.83 ERA.

In 9 starts for the Nationals, Jordan recorded 1 win and 3 losses with an ERA of 3.66.

Jordan opened the season as the Nationals fifth starter in 2014. He was the pitcher who allowed Angels' slugger Albert Pujols's 500th career home run on April 22. He went on to start in 5 games but was inconsistent, going 0-3 with an ERA of 5.61. He was sent down to AAA, where he would start 6 games before being shut down due to an elbow injury.[2]

In 2016, Jordan began the season with the Syracuse Chiefs and made 3 starts, going 0-0 with a 1.72 ERA. The Nationals announced that Jordan would undergo a second Tommy John surgery and would miss the remainder of the 2016 season.[3]

On June 28, 2016, Jordan was released by the Nationals.

Sioux City ExplorersEdit

On March 19, 2018, Jordan signed with the Sioux City Explorers of the independent American Association.[4] He pitched to a 3.29 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over 15 starts and 95.2 innings.

Fubon GuardiansEdit

On August 8, 2018, Jordan was signed by the Fubon Guardians of the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).[5] He became a free agent following the 2018 season.

Return to Sioux CityEdit

On April 3, 2019, Jordan signed with the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association.

Pitching styleEdit

Jordan's repertoire consists of a four-seam fastball at 92–95 mph, a sinker at 91–94 mph, a slider at 82–86 mph, and a changeup at 82–85 mph. He throws mainly sinkers and changeups against left-handed hitters and throws mostly four-seamers, sinkers, and sliders against righties.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wagner, James (June 28, 2013). "Taylor Jordan's rise from unheralded prospect, Tommy John surgery". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  2. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2014/07/24/taylor-jordan-recovering-from-elbow-soreness/
  3. ^ http://m.nationals.mlb.com/news/article/180580520/taylor-jordan-undergoes-tommy-john-surgery/
  4. ^ "X's Bolster Pitching Staff with Pair of Former Big Leaguers". Sioux City Explorers. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "Guardians Sign Former Washington Nationals Taylor Jordan". August 9, 2018. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  6. ^ "Player Card: Taylor Jordan". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved 19 September 2013.

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