Former Mandeville High pitcher Cole Cressend aims to reach the majors like his father

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Cole Cressend

Cole Cressend, who prepped at Mandeville High School, signed an amateur free agent contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers this week.

A three-year letterman at University of Louisiana Monroe, he follows his father Jack in pro baseball. Jack’s career consisted of 10 seasons, including five in the majors.

Cole was an All-District performer at Mandeville, followed by three seasons with ULM in which he posted a 4-12 win-loss record in 40 appearances. The 6’3”, 185 lb. right-hander struck out 74 in 113.1 innings pitched during his collegiate career.

Jack had also pitched for the Skippers, followed by three seasons (1994-96) at Tulane University. He signed with the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1996. His five seasons in the majors were with the Minnesota Twins (2000-02) and the Cleveland Indians (2003-04). The right-hander posted a 5-5 record and 4.20 ERA in 112 major-league relief appearances. Jack’s baseball career continued as a scout, pitching consultant, and crosschecker for the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Cressends add to an increasing trend of father-son combos pursuing professional baseball careers. Some of them are fortunate enough that both reach the major-league level.

You can bet Cole has his sights set on eventually following in his father’s footsteps as a big-leaguer. He’s got the pedigree in his favor.

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Richard Cuicchi

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Richard Cuicchi, Founder of the Metro New Orleans Area Baseball Player Database and a New Orleans area baseball historian, maintains website. He also authored the book, Family Ties: A Comprehensive Collection of Facts and Trivia About Baseball’s Relatives. He has contributed to numerous SABR-sponsored Bio Project and Games Project books.

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