Jessee picks up save for Daytona, his first at pro level

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Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 14, 2023

Brody Jessee had to work for his first professional save.

The 22-year-old right-hander from Anchorage needed 49 pitches to get through two innings for the Daytona Tortugas and nail down Friday’s 3-1 victory over the Jupiter Hammerheads in the Single-A Florida State League.

Jessee scattered a hit and three walks while striking out two and wigging out of two-on jams in both innings.

He lowered his ERA to 1.83 in 24.1 innings across 16 appearances this year. He has 38 strikeouts.

Jessee, of South High fame, is in his second season of pro ball after being a 10th-round draft pick in 2022 out of Gonzaga University.

He is the 14th Alaskan to record a save in a pro game – the first since 2018 when Juneau’s Dylan Baker registered eight saves for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers.

Soldotna’s Chris Mabeus is Alaska’s all-time leader with 34 saves from 2001 to 2005.

The state’s single-season record is held by Juneau’s Chad Bentz, who had 16 saves for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators in 2003. That same year Mabeus had 13 saves for the Double-A Midland Rockhounds.