Morissette's swing? He gets it from his mom
A mother's touch can make everything better. Many baseball players credit their fathers for their smooth swing, but Miami's No. 15 prospect Cody Morissette says that he inherited his skills from his mom. "My mom, she might have the best swing in the family," Morissette said. "I've seen videos of
A mother's touch can make everything better.
Many baseball players credit their fathers for their smooth swing, but Miami's No. 15 prospect Cody Morissette says that he inherited his skills from his mom.
"My mom, she might have the best swing in the family," Morissette said. "I've seen videos of her swing, and I'm happy I got it."
The 2021 second-round pick put that swing on full display, crushing a career-high three homers and six RBIs in High-A Beloit's 11-1 win over Lake County.
The 22-year-old began the fireworks early with a solo shot in the first inning to right-center field on a 1-0 pitch. He followed with an RBI single in the third to give the Sky Carp a lead that they'd never give back. After an RBI groundout in the fourth, Morissette ended the night with two blasts: a two-run homer to right in the fifth and another solo shot to right to cap it off.
He finished 4-for-6 with three runs and 13 total bases to add to his already impressive stat sheet. This was the first multihomer game of his career and the first time he recorded more than two RBIs.
"Baseball is a weird game," Morissette said. "Last night, not afraid to admit, I had five strikeouts. I talked to the coaches, talked to my teammates and today was 'How are you gonna respond?' And just to put it together tonight in the game and give us a good win was really special for me."
The second baseman can never get too high or too low, and that's because his mom has instilled in him to stay even-keeled throughout the good and the bad times.
The Boston College product has struggled in his second season in the Minors, registering a .236/.316/.455 slash line. But the proof that his mother's teachings paid off is that he has approached the game with the same mind-set each day.
"It's definitely been an adjustment from college, like just the everyday grind," Morissette said. "The level of talent has been outstanding since getting to pro ball. But I'm finally starting to learn how to prepare like a professional and play at this level. And I still feel like I haven't played my best baseball yet, so I'm looking forward to continuing my work and continue playing better."
Kristen Hodsdon-Morissette, Cody's mother, played softball and basketball at Plymouth State and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2003 after finishing her softball career with 11 school records: hits, runs, doubles, total bases, career assists and the highest fielding percentage.
Growing up in Exeter, New Hampshire, the family passed down their love for sports, playing baseball, basketball and football. And with his mother's tutelage and countless hours on the diamond with his father, David -- who "probably can't throw another baseball" because of all the work over the years -- Cody was able to reach the professional stage.
"I've had a lot of really good experiences that have prepared me to be who I am. And I credit them for helping me get here," Morissette said. "I have so many friends and family texting me every day, following every single game, and I wouldn't be here without their support."
Ethan Sands_ is an contributor for MiLB.com._