Washington Nationals vs New York Mets: Series Preview Q&A W/ The Mets Blog - Taylor Jordan; Bryce Harper + More

Mike Stobe

Before the start of tonight's game and the series with the New York Mets in Citi Field in Flushing, Queens, we talked to The Mets Blog's Steve Hirsch about the Washington Nationals' rumored starter for Saturday's game and the impending returns of both Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos.

What's the scouting report on Taylor Jordan? And when will they announce he's coming up? When will outfielder Bryce Harper and catcher Wilson Ramos return and what will that do to change the Washington Nationals' approach at the trade deadine? Is Davey Johnson doing anything different as a manager this year? We answered a few questions that The Mets Blog writer and SNY.tv intern Steve Hirsch sent over in anticipation of the start of the Nats' three-game series in Citi Field which starts tonight at 7:10 pm EDT.

There's one question and answer below and a link to the rest of the Q&A HERE as well as down below:

The Mets Blog: RHP Taylor Jordan is expected to be called up on Saturday to make his Major League debut against the Mets in place of Dan Haren. What is the early scouting report on Jordan?

Federal Baseball: Though the Nationals still haven’t officially announced it as I write this, there are multiple reports which have and Davey Johnson all-but said on the radio in D.C. earlier this week it would be Taylor Jordan, the 24 year-old right-hander going on Saturday. Johnson described him as a "young stud" with a "a nice little slider and a changeup to go with a mid-90s fastball." He wasn’t on Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospect list before the season. Jordan’s in his second year back from Tommy John surgery in 2011, and has really taken off at Double-A (0.83 ERA, 7.17 K/9, 1.50 BB/9, 0 HR in 54 IP) after starting the season in Potomac (A Advanced).

The Nats’ lack of depth in starting pitching at Triple-A (and injury issues among top prospects) has had them reaching down to Double-A for each of the last two fill-ins they needed with Nate Karns called up earlier this season. Jordan’s considered the next best available arm right now. In a great interview with Patriot-News’ writer Geoff Morrow, Jordan’s pitching coach talked a lot about his unorthodox and deceptive motion, though he also said in the article he wasn’t sure the right-hander was ready for major league action. I think the Nationals are probably hoping the deception in his delivery, willingness to pound the zone and lack of info on him might get them a few strong starts while they sort out their no.5 starter situation. Don’t know if he’s a long-term fix since he’s on an innings limit, but he’s another hard-throwing right-hander in the mold the Nats’ scouts love and we’re definitely interested in seeing him.

• Read the rest of the Q&A with the Mets Blog below:

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