Former Titan Jordan Gets First Big League Win

By  //  August 1, 2013

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played at Merritt Island & BCC

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Taylor Jordan, who pitched for one season at Brevard Community College, now known as Eastern Florida State College, just received his first win pitching in Major League Baseball for the Washington Nationals.

Jordan, 24, who pitched for then-BCC head coach Ernie Rosseau in 2009, is scheduled to make his third big league start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.  (Washington Nationals Image)

Jordan, 24, who pitched for then-BCC head coach Ernie Rosseau in 2009, won his first Major leauge game against the New York Mets on Sunday. (Washington Nationals Facebook Image)

Right-hander Taylor Jordan had six strong innings for his first major league win to lead the Nationals to a 14-1 rout of the New York Mets on Sunday.

Jordan (1-3), making his sixth career start, earned his first victory. The 24-year-old held New York to five hits in six innings.

“I’m extremely happy,” Jordan said to the Washington Post. “For a little bit I was wondering. I go 0-4, 0-5 — am I helping the team? Then finally just to get that one win means that I am.”

Jordan, who began the season at Class A Potomac, has done his part for a rotation missing left-hander Ross Detwiler, on the 15-day disabled list with a herniated disc in his back. Veteran Dan Haren (5-1, 5.49) has also struggled.

“We continually have guys come up from our minor-league system and help us out,” Zimmerman said to the Washington Post. “I think that shows how good of a system we have and what a good job they do getting those guys ready to contribute. Taylor has kind of saved us.”

Jordan, 24, is among more than 80 former Titans players to be drafted by a big league team dating back to 1967.

The Merritt Island High graduate made his big league debut at New York’s Citi Field against the Mets on June 29, pitching 4 1/3 innings, giving up five hits and three runs, two of them unearned, to take the loss. Against the Brewers on July 4, Jordan pitched 5 2/3 innings, surrendering six hits and two, both earned. He struck out three and hit a batter.

The Merritt Island High graduate made his big league debut at New York’s Citi Field against the Mets on June 29, pitching 4 1/3 innings, giving up five hits and three runs, two of them unearned, to take the loss.

Against the Brewers on July 4, Jordan pitched 5 2/3 innings, surrendering six hits and two, both earned. He struck out three and hit a batter.

Prior to his Nationals debut Jordan, a right hander, pitched in the minors this season for Single-A Potomac, where he was 2-1 with a 1.24 ERA in six starts, and Double-A Harrisburg where he had a 0.83 ERA in nine games.

UNDERWENT TOMMY JOHN SURGERY IN 2011

The Nationals drafted Jordan in the ninth round of the 2009 amateur draft after he helped pitch BCC to the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference tournament.

Jordan’s career hasn’t been without its challenges. He underwent Tommy John ligament replacement surgery in his elbow in 2011. But he rebounded from the surgery and the arduous rehabilitation to earn his big league shot.

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