After five underwhelming starts at the beginning of the 2014 season, the Washington Nationals have decided to demote right-hander Taylor Jordan to triple-A Syracuse in favor of right-handed reliever Ryan Mattheus.
— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) April 29, 2014
In fairness to the 25-year-old Jordan, the writing was on the wall for this particular Major League stint in the wake of the expected return of Doug Fister next week, but Jordan “earned” this demotion with poor performance. Jordan managed to finish only 25.2 innings in five starts, and in those appearances, he allowed more than a home run per 9 innings in route to an ugly 5.61 ERA.
There are real questions about Jordan’s “stuff” at the Major League level, even after a strong finish in 2013, simply because he hasn’t shown the ability to strike out MLB hitters (5.35 K/9 for his career) consistently. Still, it is nice for Washington have a “sixth starter” with big-time control (2.21 BB/9), and that can be a valuable piece for any organization.
The ceiling isn’t immense for Taylor Jordan, but in the same vein, it would be a mild surprise if we didn’t see him return to the big leagues before September arrives.