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Marlins select Exeter’s Morissette

The Miami Marlins picked Boston College infielder Cody Morissette in the second round (52nd overall selection) Monday on the second day of this year’s MLB Draft.

Morissette, an Exeter High School graduate, has a .337 batting average, 12 home runs, 70 runs scored, and 85 RBIs during his three seasons at Boston College. If he does not sign with the Marlins he can return to BC for his senior season.

“I’ve never experienced anything like that and I never will again,” Morissette said when asked about his emotions when he was selected. “I’ve worked my whole life for this and to finally have my name called was unbelievable. I’m just happy that they got me at 52 because they’re getting a really good player.

“I’m still waiting on all the logistics of it, but hopefully we can get things hammered out (financially). We’ll see what happens with that.” 

Morissette, who bats left-handed, had a career-high six home runs and 29 runs scored for the Eagles last season, when he missed significant time because of a hand injury. He hit .320 with four home runs, 41 RBIs and stole eight bases during his freshman season at Boston College, and batted .448 (26 for 58) with a .655 slugging percentage and a .522 on-base percentage during his COVID-shortened sophomore season.

Morissette, who played second base, third base and shortstop during his college career, was a three-sport athlete at Exeter High School. He was a four-year starter for the varsity basketball team and scored 1,300 career points. Morissette played varsity football as well.

“If I do sign wherever they see me fitting best is where I’m going to go,” he said. “I’m good wherever I play. I just want to play baseball.” 

Morissette led the Exeter baseball team to state championships during his junior (2017) and senior (2018) seasons. He hit .434 with a .560 on-base percentage as a senior, and completed his high school career with 99 hits. Morissette also posted a 19-1 record on the mound with a 1.21 ERA during his high school career.

“Nothing about this was disappointing at all,” he said. “(Sunday) night I was in the mix with a few teams and it didn’t work out, which was OK. It’s the MLB Draft. You never know what can happen. (Monday) around 1 I knew that the Yankees and the Marlins were in the mix. Got a text from my advisors a couple picks before the Marlins that said they’re going to be taking you. It was a really cool experience to go through with my family and friends.

“It’s been a long journey and this is one of the coolest days I’ve ever had.”


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