News and Announcements
The Fieldhouse Pirates are proud to announce that pitcher Alex Mitton (Hamilton, ON) has announced his commitment to Florence-Darlington Tech (NJCAA) in Florence, South Carolina.
This is Mitton’s fourth year with the program, and he’s expected to play a big role in the Pirates 18U rotation this coming season.
Florence-Darlington comes with a colourful history which includes one JUCO World Series appearance, three regular season titles, and back-to-back 40-win seasons (2017-18). On the individual side, “FloDar” has had 11 MLB Draft picks, four All-Americans, 21 1st-Team All-Region selections, and more.
On behalf of the Fieldhouse Pirates, we’d like to extend our congratulations to Alex and his family.
The Fieldhouse Pirates are proud to announce that pitcher Matt Jeffery (Burlington, ON) has announced his commitment to Lourdes University (NAIA) in Sylvania, Ohio.
This is Jeffery’s first year as a member of the program, and he’s expected to help anchor the 18U Pirates’ rotation this summer.
After an 11-win season in 2017, the Grey Wolves turned it around in 2018 by doubling their win total. Jeffery will join former Pirates Josh Hare (2019 Grad), Matt McEachern (2019 Grad), and Alex Pallottini (2017 Grad) on the Lourdes roster.
On behalf of the Fieldhouse Pirates, we’d like to extend our congratulations to Matt and his family.
The Fieldhouse Pirates are proud to announce that four players in our program were named to the Canadian Junior National Team.
2020 Owen Caissie (Michigan)
2021 Willy Watson (Kansas State)
2021 Mason Dobie (Dayton)
2022 Nate Ochoa (Uncommitted)
Caissie, Watson, Dobie and Ochoa went down to Baseball City in St. Petersburg, Florida for the JNT’s annual Spring Training CamThe boys were part of the annual Team Canada vs. Toronto. Blue Jays game played at TD Ballpark in Dunedin.
From everyone at in the organization, congratulations to these four players.
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.
The Fieldhouse Pirates Baseball Club is a Canadian non-profit organization that runs year-round training at Fieldhouse Athletics, located in Burlington, Ontario, while competing in the Canadian Premier Baseball League (CPBL). For more information on the program, please contact Bob Hooper at firstname.lastname@example.org, or George Halim at email@example.com
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.