Future Games - Canadian Showcase Quick Hits

Cam Black-Araujo/Josh Arce
PBR Canada Staff

The 2022 PBR Future Games got underway Wednesday from Lakepoint Sports in Emerson, Georgia. The Canadian squad hit the field together for the first time as the positional players took part in a pro-style workout in front of roughly 300 Division I coaches.

Our roster includes players from Coast to Coast from the 2024 Class and a pair from the 2025 Class. After our first look at the team in Georgia, our scouting staff provides notes below on the standouts from Canada’s showcase.

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Jorge valdes CF / Bishop Reding, ON / 2024

Valdes put together one of the best all-around days from the Canadian positional players and he started his day by running the top 60-time at 6.55 (6th best in the event). Small frame at 5-foot-9, 165-pounds and can get it done offensively and defensively, although his defending CF is his biggest separator. Left-handed hitter with a level swing that was working to all fields with line drives during BP and a top exit velocity of 94.7mph. Athletic outfielder to keep tabs on in Ontario these next couple years.

Brendan Lawson SS / 3B / Lawrence Park , ON / 2024

Lawson was one of Canada’s main attractions on the positional side and he didn’t disappoint during the showcase. 6-foot-3, 185-pound left-handed hitter who looks the part in the box and stands out with nearly everything he does on the field. Mature round of BP that worked middle to pull side with a top exit velocity of 93mph and max distance of 343ft. Showed the actions, athleticism and arm strength today that will help him stick at shortstop. Lawson should have plenty of interest from college coaches as he departs the Future Games.

Esteban Dessureault 3B / 1B / Academie Estacades, QC / 2025

Consistent, hard contact from the left side. One of two underclassmen on FG squad but blends right in with a big body. A top bat in Canada's 2025 class, Dessureault had a max EV of 95.4 that showed juice to the big part of the park. The physicality plays front the left side, Dessureault to be a power threat in the Canadian lineup.

Asafa Jones OF / LHP / TNXL - Florida, ON / 2024

Jones’ physical frame and size draws plenty of looks alone and he continues to flash his juice from the left side. 6-foot, 200-pound outfielder from TNXL Academy and although it wasn’t the best round of BP from him, he put one ball over the fence and worked three straight line drives up the middle at 94+ mph. Top EV of 101.1 and top distance of 369 ft. The left-handed swing will be the carrying tool but he’s a competent defender in the outfield with arm strength where he will likely slide over to RF from center. Continues to stand out among his peers.

David Stanley OF / C / Greenwood College, ON / 2024

Stanley had one of the loudest rounds on the day. Has a strong lower half that works with the leg kick. Stanley hit multiple deep balls to LCF in BP, with one leaving the yard. His average exit velo of 93.3 was the best among Canadians and his avg. distance of 309 ft. was top 10 in the event. He also ran a 7.00 in the sixty. He’s a tooled up, 6-foot-1, 190-pound player that looks right on the field. There’s no doubt his overall toolset is among the best on the Canadian squad.

Liam Lewis OF / SS / Bishop Macdonell, ON / 2024

Lewis, a 5-foot-11, 160-pound athletic outfielder ran one of the best 60’s among Canadians at 6.66. Lewis played for Bo Jackson Elite this summer and got consistent reps against high-level competition. The present tool is the speed but there’s lots to like and work with in his game as he continues to fill out and mature. 

Declan Spooner C / 1B / North Shore Academy, BC / 2024

Spooner is a 6-foot, 180-pound catcher out of BC who caught attention during the Future Games scout day. He showed a smooth, left-handed swing that had rhythm with solid contact to all fields. Relaxed set up that looks smooth, gets on plane. Spooner was up 76mph behind the dish with a best pop-time of 2.07. Spooner will definitely be a follow on the team going forward.

Oliver Clements SS / 3B / Vancouver College, BC / 2024

Clements, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound middle infielder from BC was a clear standout during the Future Games workout. During his round of BP, he hit the ball to all fields on a line and looked athletic on the diamond. He shows smooth actions on the infield with a quick arm that works across the diamond and was up to 83mph. Clements is one of the top infielders in Canada’s 2024 class.

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