Prospect Profile: Jordan Tata

Don't think it's a coincidence that Tata's second half emergence for the Whitecaps coincided with the club's winning down the stretch. If Tata can continue pitching like he did in 2004 when he emerged as the team's ace, he'll start to make plenty of noise in the organization.

Jordan Tata
Position: Right Handed Pitcher Height: 6-6 Weight: 220
Born: 9/20/1981 Bats: Right Throws: Right

Background
After a solid career with Sam Houston State, the Detroit Tigers took Tata in the 16th round. As an experienced college pitcher, Jordan started his professional career with Low-A Oneonta, where he posted some very inspiring numbers, including a 2.58 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 73 innings. Early in the 2004 season, Tata struggled with his control, velocity, and with the overall transition to full-season ball. Tata's first half is the exact reason the season is so long. The second half saw a breakthrough performance from the second-year pitcher. Through the last two months of the season, Jordan backboned the West Michigan rotation that dominated the Midwest League and brought the championship to Grand Rapids.

Scouting Report
Tata relies on a good fastball, consistently 91-93 mph, and average breaking pitches to keep the ball in the park and induce groundballs. As a collegian, Jordan struggled with his command, but has seen it improve as a pro. If he can consistently work ahead of hitters, Tata has the potential to be a dominating pitcher. His 2004 second half improvement resulted from improved command of all his pitches, and the ability to take command of each at-bat. At 6-foot-6, Jordan still has room to add strength and velocity, leading to a potentially more impressive arsenal. For a big guy, Tata is a surprisingly good athlete who fields his position well, and is well conditioned. With room to grow, Tata could become a classic power pitcher in the near future.

Performance

Year

Team

W-L

ERA

G

GS

SV

SO

BB

IP

WHIP

2004

West Michigan

8-11

3.35

28

28

0

116

68

166.1

1.41


Health Record
Jordan has had no major injuries in his career.

The Future
Tata will team with 2004 draftees Justin Verlander and Eric Beattie to anchor the Lakeland rotation. A top three with the power of Verlander and the poise of Beattie and Tata could be special, and could lead the L-Tigers to the postseason. Tata will have the benefit of working in a league that favors pitchers for the third straight season. If his command remains above average, expect Jordan to post very good numbers, possibly earning a promotion to join the vaunted Erie rotation at the mid-point in the season. With any luck, Tata could become a household name among prospect mavens by the end of 2005. Either way, it is likely that Jordan will be rising up the Tiger's pitching depth chart soon.


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