On Friday, the Nationals officially announced RHP Taylor Jordan will make his Major League debut, and start for them on Saturday against the New York Mets. Jordan takes the place of Dan Haren in the rotation, and was cleared a spot on the roster after the front office outrighted Ryan Perry to the minors and then optioned Chris Marrero.
Coming into 2013, Jordan was a relative unknown in the Nationals prospect world, barely breaking my top 30 for 2013. So, if you don’t know much about him, don’t worry, you’re not in the minority. Here’s a brief background and scouting report on the 24-year-old righty…
As an amateur player, Jordan played under former state coach of the year Chuck Goldfarb at Merritt Island High School. The Merritt Mustangs are well known for two things primarily: (1) their dominance at the class 5A level during the late 90′s and early 2000′s; (2) and as the alma mater of former phenom and current Pirates manager Clint Hurtle.
Merritt Island is located in Brevard County, which also happens to be the home of the Nationals’ spring complex. So, when Jordan posted dominant numbers as a senior for the Mustangs, the Nationals were able to get plenty of good looks at him. During the 2006-2007 season, while leading Merritt Island to a 22-2 record and a district title, Jordan went 12-1 with a microscopic 0.94 ERA and struck out 94 batters in 74.1 innings.