COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M senior Jason Jester was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award Watch List, the organization announced on Tuesday.
The NCBWA named 50 players to the initial watch list for the 10th annual Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I.
Jester is one of 17 pitchers on the list who recorded at least a dozen saves in 2013. He is also one of six SEC relievers named to the list along with Georgia’s Dylan Cole, Auburn’s Terrance Dedrick, Mississippi State’s Jonathan Holder and Ross Mitchell and Vanderbilt’s Brian Miller.
In 2013, Jester set the Texas A&M single-season record with 14 saves, breaking the record of 13 set by Scott Beerer in 2003. Jester posted a 3-4 record with 39 strikeouts in 47.1 innings of work. The right-hander held opponents to a .200 batting average and 35 hits in 33 appearances.
Jester enters the 2014 campaign needing nine saves to equal Scott Centala’s A&M career record of 23 set between 1987-89 and he already ranks fourth on the Aggies’ all-time saves list needing just two to move into second place.
Texas A&M opens the 2014 campaign on Friday with a three-game series against Northeastern on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.