Merritt Island’s Taylor Jordan Looks Sharp for Nats

By  //  March 9, 2014

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BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Pitching in relief, Merritt Island’s Taylor Jordan allowed one run on three hits and struck out six in three innings as the Washington Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves, 8-2, at Space Coast Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Pitching in relief, Merritt Island's Taylor Jordan allowed one run on three hits and struck out six in three innings as the Washington National defeated the Atlanta Braves, 8-2, at Space Coast Stadium on Saturday afternoon. (Washington Nationals Facebook image)

Pitching in relief, Merritt Island’s Taylor Jordan allowed one run on three hits and struck out six in three innings as the Washington National defeated the Atlanta Braves, 8-2, at Space Coast Stadium on Saturday afternoon. (Washington Nationals Facebook image)

Taylor, 24, is a former Merritt Island and Brevard Community College standout who made his Major League debut last season with the Nationals. He is among more than 80 former Titans players to be drafted by a big league team dating back to 1967.

The 6-foot-3, 200 pound Taylor made his big league debut last year at New York’s Citi Field against the Mets on June 29. 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.

JORDAN TO BE INDUCTED INTO SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME

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.

Space Coast Stadium can seat up to 8,100 fans, with every seat providing a great view of the field.

Space Coast Stadium can seat up to 8,100 fans, with every seat providing a great view of the field.

Jordan’s career hasn’t been without its challenges, as 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.

The Nationals will take on the Cardinals today at Space Coast Stadium in Viera at 1:05 p.m. Stephen Strasburg will pitch for the Nats, making his second start of the spring. In his last start against the Braves, he pitched two shutout innings, allowed one hit and struck out one.

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