Classes begin in less than two weeks, but it’s easy to understand if Mountlake Terrace High School senior Dominic DeMiero is a little distracted heading into this school year. DeMiero has been invited to pitch for the Mariners’ Pro Scout squad, a five-week fall developmental team for high school seniors that pro and college scouts want to evaluate.
DeMiero and selected teammates from the area will be playing games locally against other pro scout and community college teams for four weekends beginning Sept. 15. Then from Oct. 10-13, DeMiero will be in Peoria, Ariz. for the Arizona Fall Classic, a weekend of games for U.S. and Canadian high school seniors attended by numerous pro scouts and college recruiters from across the country.
The Seattle Mariners sponsor the pro scout team to help develop young local talent and get those players noticed by scouts and recruiters. “Players get exposure to some good Community College competition on the weekends,” said the Mariners’ Scouting Area Supervisor Joe Ross. “The tourney in Arizona is a huge deal and provides exposure to the players.”
The opportunity to play on the pro scout team is a dream come true for DeMiero, a 6-3 left-handed pitcher who plays high school baseball for the Mountlake Terrace Hawks. “I’ve turned down chances to play on showcase teams hoping to play on this one,” he said. “I’m very excited.”
DeMiero had a strong season for the Hawks last spring, finishing with a 5-3 record, 2.90 ERA and three complete games in nine starts. In 41 innings pitched, DeMeiro struck out 42 batters and walked just 13. “I was pretty successful last year in baseball,” DeMiero admitted.
Despite DeMiero’s strong numbers, getting the invite to the pro scout team came down to throwing for Ross earlier this year in a private workout in Lynnwood. “It was probably the biggest day of my life,” he confessed.
Although DeMiero played some infield for the Hawks and had a good season at the plate last spring, the left-hander has just been concentrating on his pitching since the high school season ended. He’s been playing on a 19-and-younger select team and throwing every five to six days this summer, keeping the arm sharp but avoiding any injury from overuse.
“The biggest thing is to be honest with your arm,” he explained. “You know your body better than anyone else.”
DeMiero is hoping that all his work, and the exposure in the fall pro scout team, will lead to an opportunity to play college baseball once his days at Terrace are through. “My goal is to go to Division 1,” he said. DeMiero has already begun looking at a number of Pac 12 schools, including UW, Arizona State and Stanford, as first choices.
Following his time with the pro scout team, DeMiero will play more select baseball through the fall and winter, then join his MTHS teammates in preparation for the 2013-2014 high school season on March 3, 2014.
— By Doug Petrowski