Taylor Jordan’s growing status as a top pitching prospect continued Wednesday with the announcement that he was selected to the U.S. roster for the All-Star Futures Game, held annually before the MLB All-Star Game and an event designed to showcase some of the top minor league talent from this country and across the world.
Jordan, 24, the only player from the Nationals system named, has enjoyed a dramatic and quick rise through the minor leagues this season. He has also pitched so brilliantly that he is likely to be called up to start Saturday for the Nationals in place of injured Dan Haren. Jordan, a right-hander who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011, has impressed the Nationals all season, starting in spring training.
Jordan, a 2009 ninth round pick from Brevard Community College, punched up a 1.24 ERA over 36 1/3 innings with Class A Potomac to start the year. He was promoted to Class AA Harrisburg and has dazzled even more, posting a 7-0 record and 0.83 ERA over 54 innings. He has a 4.80 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 15 games this season, walking only 15 batters in 90 1/3 innings. Jordan, known to pound the strike zone, throws in the mid-90’s and employs a sinking fastball and effective change-up.
Since only minor leaguers are eligible for the game, it’s unclear if Jordan’s potential call-up to major leagues this weekend will jeopardize his ability to participate. At least player from each organization is named to the team — selected by the MLB Scouting Bureau, MLB.com and Baseball America — and the July 14th game at Citi Field will pit the U.S. team against the World roster.
Anthony Rendon, among the top prospects in baseball to start the season, would have been a strong candidate for the game but was called up to the Nationals earlier this month.
Past Nationals participants, although not all with Washington: Gio Gonzalez (2006), Bryce Harper (2011), Adam LaRoche (2003), Ryan Mattheus (2008), Kurt Suzuki (2006) and Chad Tracy (2002). Alex Meyer, who was traded to the Twins for Denard Span, represented the Nationals last season and Danny Espinosa was named to the 2009 and 2010 games.