In his own words: “This summer, I am playing baseball in the FCBL(Futures Collegiate Baseball League) with the Pittsfield Suns and living with a host family in Pittsfield, MA. When I am not at a game, I spend my time at the gym and I play a lot of golf with guys on the team.”
Joining Jordan, a junior-to-be right-handed pitcher on the Suns are Eastern classmates Alex Parkos, a corner infielder, and outfielder Alexander White.
About the season: Through games of July 24, the Suns were locked in a three-team race for the Western Division title with a 22-20 record and 45 points (teams earn two points for a regulation win and one point for a Home Run Derby Win. Home run derbys are conducted in place of extra-innings.).
The 6-foot-2 inch, 215 pound West Hartford native earned his first pitching win of the season Sunday, July 22 with two innings of hitless relief in the Suns’ 13-6 win over the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs. Jordan was the second of five Pittsfield pitchers in that game, fanning one and walking two and giving up an earned run.
This year, Jordan has appeared in ten games for the Suns with three starts over 24 2/3 innings. He is 1-1 with 27 strikeouts and 14 walks and a 6.93 ERA.
Jordan’s best outing came July 9 when he worked a season-high six innings in a non-decision, fanning five, walking two and allowing five hits and only one (earned) run. Jordan’s season ERA took a hit June 23 against Wachusett, when he was tagged for five earned runs on four hits in just one inning of relief, but was not saddled with the loss.
About the league: Players must have college eligibility remaining to qualify to compete in this wood-bat league. Team are scheduled to play 56 games and travel throughout New England playing virtually every night from June 1 through August 6.
About the park: Wahconah Park, home to the Suns, was built in 1919 and is one of the nation’s most historic ballparks, nestled in a working-class neighborhood in Pittsfield. It is one of the last remaining ballparks in the U.S. with a wooden grandstand. The park was built before the advent of night baseball and is unique in that home plate faces the setting sun, which results in “sun delays” several times a season. The field has hosted over three dozen different affiliated, independent and collegiate summer league teams, among them the Pittsfield Cubs of the Class AA Eastern League and Pittsfield Mets of the Class A N.Y.-Penn League, with future Red Sox Carlton Fisk, Bill Lee, Rick Miller, George Scott, Reggie Smith, Billy Conigliaro among the hundreds of former Pittsfield players reaching the major leagues. The Pittsfield Suns were awarded an expansion franchise in the FCBL in 2012.
Jordan & Eastern: The opening-day starter and winner for the Warriors, Jordan led Eastern in starts (10), wins (4) and strikeouts (63) as a sophomore in 2017. He started and gained Little East Conference decisions over Plymouth State, UMass Boston and Rhode Island College. Against Plymouth in the home-opener, Jordan tossed a seven-inning, complete-game no-hitter with 13 strikeouts for the 12th no-hitter in program history. He fanned seven of nine in one early three-inning stretch. As a freshman on the 2016 LEC tournament championship team, Jordan was the team’s top pitcher. He won five of six decisions with a team-leading 2.84 ERA, 49 strikeouts and only 11 walks in a team-leading 57.0 innings. Jordan won his first four career games in 2016 and after an LEC road loss to the University of Southern Maine, rebounded five days later by working into the sixth inning in a 13-6 win over the Huskies in the LEC tournament opener. His first career complete game was a nine-inning home shutout of Rhode Island College – the only shutout by an Eastern pitcher that season. Against RIC, Jordan faced only five batters over the minimum in the four-hitter, walking two. Jordan enters the 2018 season needing one win for ten in his career.