Alexander Victor Vesia…got engaged to fiancée Kayla Howard during the 2022 offseason… attended Division II Cal-State East Bay, where he was the school’s all-time leader in wins (24) and strikeouts (249)…became the school’s highest-ever drafted pitcher…was a recreation management major and following his Arizona Fall League stint in 2019, interned in the football recruitment office at San Diego State University…selected by Miami in the 17th round of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft and signed by scout John Hughes.
Twirled a 5-0 record on the season with a career-low ERA of 2.15 (13 ER/54.1IP)…struck out 79 and walked 24 in 63 games...Set career-highs in numerous categories during the 2022 season: wins (five), games (53), holds (16), innings pitched (54.1) and strikeouts (79)...Fanned out 79 batters on the season, the highest of any reliver on the team and sixth highest overall…tied for second-most appearances on the team with 63 (Evan Phillips: 64, Craig Kimbrel: 63)...Logged his first win of the season on June 22 vs. Cincinnati, pitching one relief inning, allowing one hit and striking out two...Recorded his second career save and only on the season July 7 vs. the Cubs, striking out the only batter he faced...Ended his scoreless streak of 8.2 innings over 10 games May 13 vs. PHI...Appeared in three games of the NLDS, giving up a combined two hits in 2.2 relief innings, walking three and striking out four Garnered at least one strikeout in 51 of his 63 appearances …held lefties to an impressive .130 batting average (9-for-69) and righties to .217 (28-for-129)…had his best month in September, going 2-0 with an 0.90 ERA (1 ER/ 10.0 IP) in 10 games, giving up three hits and five walks while punching out 16…amassed a 4-0 record and 1.05 ERA (3 ER/25.2 IP) in the second half of the season…held hitters to a .198 batting average at home and .178 away…struck out the side three times (5/1 vs. DET, 8/21 vs. MIA, 9/22 vs. ARI).
Was a key piece of the bullpen for the majority of the season, amassing a 3-1 record across 41 games for a 2.08 ERA (10 ER/40.0 IP) tagged with 54 punchouts and 22 walks... Earned his first Major League win July 31 at Arizona, tossing a scoreless inning of relief... Was even-keeled against both lefties and righties, keeping hitters to a .160/.150 respective average... Proved to be incredibly effective at home, limiting the opposition to just seven hits and a .097 average across 22 games this season... Pitched a career-high 2.0 innings twice this season, May 4 against the Cubs and July 19 versus the Giants… struck out two in each appearance... Registered his three wins in the second half over 29 games, producing a 0.99 ERA and 0.84 WHIP in those appearances…faced 106 batters and struck out 36 against just 11 walks... Saw his first Postseason action in Game 1 of the NLDS against San Francisco…totaled a 2.08 ERA (1 ER/4.1 IP) with seven strikeouts and three walks over seven games... Appeared for Triple-A Oklahoma City from June 7 to July 6…pitched in nine games, fanning 19 batters and allowing just three walks for a 1.00 ERA ( 1 ER/9.0 IP) during that span Ranked sixth on the team in amount of games (41) and 11th for strikeouts (11th)…struck out the side four times this season in the Majors (5/16 vs. MIA, 6/2 vs. STL, 8/7 vs. LAA, 9/9 at STL)…fanned four over 1.2 scoreless innings on August 10 against Philadelphia…never allowed a hit with runners on second base, third base, or runners on second and third base…struck out 23 batters and gave up just four hits over 45 at-bats when faced with two outs…kept hitters to a .111 average when runners were in scoring position…had 12 multiple inning appearances.
Saw his first Major League action with the Marlins, allowing 10 runs (nine earned) in 4.1 innings (18.69 ERA) in five relief appearances...Made his MLB debut on July 25 at Philadelphia, allowing two runs in 0.2 innings and taking the loss in the Marlins’ 7-1 defeat…struck out the first big league hitter he faced, Didi Gregorius Spent the majority of the season at the Alternate Site…placed on the injured list from Aug. 2-29.
Had a breakout 2019 campaign, combining to go 7-2 with a 1.76 ERA in 38 appearances (one start) across three levels of the Marlins’ system…had a dominant stint in Double-A, striking out 25 in 16.1 scoreless innings over nine relief appearances...Posted 100 strikeouts against just 19 walks in 66.2 innings Limited opposing hitters to a .187 average with a .095 WHIP...Following the season, played for Salt River in the Arizona Fall League and tossed 10.1 scoreless innings in nine outings.
In his first professional action, went 4-0 with a 1.35 ERA in 14 games with the Rookie-level GCL Marlins and shortseason Batavia...Posted a .242 opponents’ batting average with 38 strikeouts against seven walks in 33.1 innings.