News and Announcements
The Fieldhouse Pirates are thrilled to welcome John Mariotti as the organization’s new Pitching Coordinator.
Mariotti joins the Pirates after co-founding the Baseball Development Group (BDG) in Toronto.
“I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to join Fieldhouse,” Mariotti said, “and I look forward to contributing to the growth and development of the program.”
Mariotti will take the lead in the pitching department throughout the entire organization, with help from the current pitching staff at Fieldhouse.
“There’s few people that have John’s passion for pitching development,” said George Halim, Pirates’ Director of Player Development. “When you combine his playing experience with his knowledge of pitching, coupled with his ability to relay information and willingness to pass on what he knows to the next generation of athletes, he fits in with the direction we’re going at Fieldhouse.”
“We are proud to be working with John Mariotti, who has an excellent track record of improving top pitching prospects,” said Bob Hooper, Pirates’ President and Director of Business Operations. “It’s all about the players… we know our guys spend 80 percent of their time in development and practice time, so we are really excited to see what happens this training season.”
Current Pitching Coordinator Ian Harvey will step down from his current role at the conclusion of the 2019 season due to personal commitments, and will move into the role of Assistant Pitching Coordinator.
“I’m happy they found the right pitching professional to dedicate the time and energy necessary,” Harvey said. “I look forward to working with John and continuing to work with the rest of the Fieldhouse coaching staff to build the pitching program.”
A 44th-round selection by the Anaheim Angels in the 2003 MLB Draft, Mariotti opted to attend Gulf Coast CC in Panama City, Florida. There, he earned Second Team All-Conference honors, where he was again selected by the Angels in the 36th Round of the 2004 MLB Draft. The following season, he went on to be First Team All-Conference, and Second Team All-State while earning a scholarship to Coastal Carolina University.
He pitched two seasons for the Chanticleers before getting drafted a third time. He was taken in the 18th Round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles, where he signed began his professional career. Mariotti spent the next seven seasons in professional baseball, making it up to Double-A in 2009. He also spent two seasons with the Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am League, and also represented Italy at the 2013 World Baseball Classic, squaring off against the USA and Mexico.
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The Fieldhouse Pirates are proud to announce that third baseman Noah Case (Etobicoke, ON) has committed to Indian Hills CC (NJCAA D1) in Centerville, Iowa for the Fall of 2019.
Case, a first-year member of the Pirates, is expected to bat in the middle of the Pirates’ 18U lineup this season, while manning third base and also seeing some time at second base.
A colourful resume in high school, Case is a former PBR Future Games attendee, and has also appeared twice for Ontario in Tournament 12. He’s also been invited on trips to Arizona and Florida with the Arizona Diamondbacks Scout Team.
Competing in a strong Region 11, Indian Hills is one of the most storied JUCO programs in the country. IHCC has made 11 trips to the JUCO World Series, including six appearances in a seven-year span. The Falcons have also been successful in sending players on to four-year colleges and the professional level. 18 former Indian Hills players have played major league baseball and over 100 more ex-Falcons have played in the minor leagues.
On behalf of the Fieldhouse Pirates, we’d like to extend our congratulations to Noah and his family.
The Fieldhouse Pirates are proud to announce that right-handed pitcher Steven Hospital (Oakville, ON) has committed to Niagara University in Lewiston, NY, for the Fall of 2019.
Hospital, a first-year member of the Pirates, is expected to help anchor the rotations on the Pirates’ 18U squad this summer. He will join current teammate Zach Cameron in Lewiston.
Competing in MAAC, Niagara has turned itself into a destination school in the North. The Purple Eagles, under head coach Rob McCoy, finished the 2018 season with a 24-27 record, tied for the sixth-most wins in program history. The Purple Eagles also qualified for the MAAC Championships for the first time since 2006.
On behalf of the Fieldhouse Pirates, we’d like to extend our congratulations to Steven and his family.
The Fieldhouse Pirates are proud to announce that 2019 1B Stefan Mielzynski (Freelton, ON) has announced his commitment to Otero JC (NJCAA D1) in La Junta, Colorado, for the Fall of 2019.
Mielzynski has been a member of the program for six years, and is expected to start at first base for the 18U Pirates this coming year.
Competing in Region 9, Otero is coming off a 22-32 overall record, which saw the Rattlers finish fourth in their conference. Mielzynski announced his commitment shortly after he was selected to represent Team Poland in Los Angeles during their selection camp trials.
On behalf of the Fieldhouse Pirates, we’d like to extend our congratulations to Stefan and his family.
Stefan Mielzynski is ending the 2018 season on the diamond.
The heavy-hitting Fieldhouse Pirates first baseman has been selected to join the Polish National Team, as they travel to Los Angeles this week. While in California, the team is playing a series of exhibition games as an informal tryout camp for the Polish team that will compete in the European Championships in the Summer of 2019.
Poland, who currently sits 39th in the World Rankings, will play club teams from UCLA, Cal. State Fullerton, St. Francis/Arcadia and more.
Mielzynski, 18, is the youngest rostered player on the team.