Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6-6 Weight: 220
Born: 9/20/1981Bats: Right Throws: Right
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. With a promotion to Lakeland, Tata figured to be challenged to great lengths in 2006. However, he is the one that did the challenging, dominating FSL hitters. Jordan finished the year with a 13-2 record, 2.79 ERA, and over a 3:1 K:BB ratio, and capped it by being named TigsTown.com's Lakeland Tigers Pitcher of the Year.
Tata's bread and butter is his 91-93 mph sinking fastball that can be dominating when he's controlling it well to all parts of the zone. Jordan has dramatically improved his control over this pitch during the last two years, and he now has confidence to throw it to all parts of the strike zone. His second best offering is his cutter that can reach 94, but sits in the 90-92 range. His cutter has good movement and explodes as it reaches the plate. His only change of pace offering is a weak curveball that must improve significantly to maintain its effectiveness. Jordan has a big, strong body that helps him profile as a durable, innings eater as he moves up the ladder. He is an average athlete who fields his position well, and has very good composure during all situations on the mound. With only two above average offerings (fastball and cutter) Tata may end up in a Major League bullpen, but with improved consistency and bit on his breaking ball, he could remain in the starting rotation.
Performance Year Team W-L ERA G GS SV H BB SO IP 2004
Jordan has had no major injuries in his career.
A big test awaits Jordan now that he'll be facing experienced AA hitters in 2006. Tata will pitch this season at age 24, and must be effective to retain his status as a top-notch prospect. The Tigers will give him every opportunity to stay in the rotation, but should he struggle, don't be surprised if he's moved to the bullpen in an attempt to make use of him at the Major League level. He could be a dominating reliever and possibly gain velocity with a move to the bullpen. After an exceptional season for Lakeland last year, Tata is poised for success at Erie this coming season. Advanced hitters and much tighter ballpark dimensions will pose a big test for Jordan, but don't be surprised to see him post some solid numbers as he tries to anchor the Erie staff.