Slidell native Ryan Eades makes major league debut with Minnesota

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Northshore High School alum Ryan Eades joined several of his former LSU teammates in the majors on Saturday, when he made his debut with the Minnesota Twins. The right-hander pitched two innings in relief, yielding no runs and striking out three in the Twins’ 9-3 loss to Detroit.

Eades was a member of the 2013 LSU Tiger team that won the SEC championship and eventually advanced to the College World Series.  He posted an 8-1 record and 2.79 ERA that year.  Several of his teammates from that team have also appeared in the big leagues, including Alex Bregman (Astros), Jacoby Jones (Tigers), Andrew Stevenson (Nationals), Aaron Nola (Phillies), and Nick Rumbelow (Mariners).

Eades was a two-time All-State selection at Northshore.  He led his team to a state title as a junior in 2009.  He didn’t pitch in his senior year due to a torn labrum, but still batted .400 with six homers and 39 RBI.  Following his senior season, he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 19th round of the 2010 MLB draft, but chose to attend LSU instead.

He went 4-1 in his freshman season with the Tigers, ultimately earning a spot in the starting rotation near the end of the season.  As a sophomore, he posted a 5-3 record in 17 starts.

The right-handed pitcher was drafted by the Twins in 2013 in the second round (43rd overall pick of the draft).  He began his professional career as a starter, but then was switched to a reliever during the 2017 season.  He was pitching with Triple-A Rochester before his call-up to the majors.

Eades’ father, Ned, played in the Cincinnati Reds organization in 1967 and 1968.  His brother, Chris, was drafted out of Delgado Community College in 2014 by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 35th round, but he did not sign with the Pirates.

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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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