VIDEO: Mustang’s Taylor Jordan Is Pitcher Extraordinaire
By SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME // May 9, 2014
SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME
ABOVE VIDEO: Taylor Jordan caught the eye of the Washington Nationals during the ninth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft after Jordan helped pitch BCC to the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference tournament.
Taylor Jordan Stars At Merritt Island, BCC, Now In With the Washington Nationals
TAYLOR JORDAN – 2014 INDUCTEE
MERRITT ISLAND HIGH STAR
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – When Taylor Jordan graduated from Merritt Island High School, all his fellow Mustangs figured he would go pro right away.
The baseball star pitcher had already caught the eyes of the Cincinnati Reds, who drafted him in the 18th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft right out of school.
To everyone’s surprise, Jordan didn’t sign, deciding instead to pursue his education at Brevard Community College, now Eastern Florida State College.
The BCC Titans gave him more than just academic knowledge, for Jordan was able to additionally hone his already impressive skills under the watchful eye of then-BCC head coach Ernie Rosseau.
The Washington Nationals came calling for Jordan during the ninth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft after Jordan helped pitch BCC to the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference tournament.
This time, Jordan said yes, joining the elite club of more than 80 former Titans players to be drafted by a big league team.
His first professional game was with the Gulf Coast League Nationals in 2009. He later appeared for the Vermont Lake Monsters in the 2010 short-season New York-Penn League and the Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League.
In 2011, Jordan again played for Hagerstown, as well as for the New York-Penn League’s Auburn Doubledays, before Tommy John surgery ended his season early. Jordan rebounded from the surgery and its intensive rehabilitation to later split his time between Hagerstown and Auburn.
For Jordan, 2013 began with the Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League. After six starts for Potomac, a 2-1 record and a 1.24 ERA, Jordan was promoted to the Double-A Harrisburg Senators, where he amassed a 7-0 record and a 0.83 ERA.
On June 29, 2013, Jordan’s contract was purchased from Harrisburg, and that same day, he made his major league debut against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
Jordan admits that he tended to often bypass the rules during his first couple of years in pro ball, but the 25-year-old has grown in maturity and is eager to focus on the program. Soon he will be a family man, too, for his girlfriend, Mandi Meil, is expecting a baby girl come July.
THE 2014 SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME Banquet and Induction Ceremony will take place at the Cocoa Beach Country Club on Friday, May 9 with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. – and dinner and ceremony at 7 p.m.
FOR INFORMATION & TICKETS to the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame Induction dinner call 321-615-8111 or e-mail MaverickMultimedia@gmail.com0