Saloman Manriquez represented Washington in the All-Star Futures Game in 2006. [ed. note - "Go ahead, look him up."] Collin Balester pitched in the '07 ASFG. Shairon Martis pitched in the prospect showcase in 2008. Nationals' second baseman Danny Espinosa, who's currently in Triple-A finding his swing, represented the D.C.-based organization in 2009 and 2010 as part of the U.S. Team roster while OF Eury Perez played for the World squad in 2010. Both Brad Peacock (currently in the Astros' organization after the Nats traded him to the A's) and 20-year-old wunderkind Bryce Harper participated in the 2011 edition of the Futures Game in Arizona's Chase Field. In 2012, 2011 1st Round pick Alex Meyer pitched for the U.S. Team in the ASFG in Kansas City.
This year's game will take place in Citi Field in New York, and one Nats' prospects was selected to participate in the The 15th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will will be played at 2 p.m. ET on All-Star Sunday, July 14, at the Mets' home in Flushing, Queens. Guess which prospect got the nod? That's right, Double-A sensation Taylor Jordan was the lone Nationals' prospect named to the rosters for this year's edition of the game.
In his fifth season in the Nats' system, Jordan, 24, who had Tommy John surgery in 2011, started at High Class-A Potomac, where he was (2-1) in six starts with a 1.24 ERA, a 2.46 FIP, six walks (1.49 BB/9) and 29 Ks (7.18 K/9) in 36 1/3 IP. Jordan then moved up to Double-A Harrisburg, where he's (7-0) in nine games, eight starts and 54 IP in which he has a 0.83 ERA and a 2.39 FIP, nine walks (1.50 BB/9) and 43 Ks (7.17 K/9).
Jordan, could, of course, still potentially be a part of the big league team's rotation at that point. Though it's not yet officially confirmed, the Nationals appear to be leaning toward bringing the right-hander up for a start in Citi Field this weekend when the Nats visit NY for a three-game series with their NL East rivals.