Jordan's breakout year leads to Futures Game

Jordan's breakout year leads to Futures Game

Jordan's breakout year leads to Futures Game

WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Taylor Jordan is having the best year of his professional career and will represent the Nationals at the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game on July 14.

Ranked as the organization's No. 17 prospect by, Jordan started the season with Class A Potomac and is now with Double-A Harrisburg. Entering Wednesday's action, Jordan is a combined 9-1 with a 1.00 ERA for the two teams.

Jordan has a power sinker and above-average changeup. What impresses Doug Harris, the Nationals' director of player development, the most is that Jordan is a battler when all of his pitches are not working.

"[In one game], his stuff wasn't quite as crisp. He didn't have that go-to changeup when he needed it," Harris said. "He pitched his way through it and actually went seven innings without his quality stuff."

The 15th annual Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game takes place at 2 p.m. ET on All-Star Sunday at Citi Field in New York and can be seen live on, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89. will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World Team dugouts during the game by tagging tweets with the hashtags #USDugout and #WorldDugout.

Also, for the first time, fans will determine the final player on the U.S. and World Team rosters by casting their votes in the All-Star Sunday Futures Finalists ballot. There are five candidates for each team, and voting ends on Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.