The Cannons are the youngest team in the PBL this season with a load of talented rookies on the Vancouver roster.
PITCHING—The Cannons have two aces on the mound, LHP Trevor Anderson and RHP Connor Noble. Both were Select alternates last season and Noble, who leads the PBL in strikeouts, is odds-on to be a mainstay of the B.C. staff this time around. Anderson is headed to UBC next September, bringing his plus fastball, solid breaking ball and outstanding pick-off move to the Thunderbirds.
The rest of the Cannons pitching staff is mostly young but very talented. Solid righthanders Brandon Marklund and Luc Hamel and outstanding lefty Bradley Smith will see a lot of innings, plus a strong group of junior hurlers. The veterans include hard-throwing closer Lee Jensen and swing man Justin Gadey.
CATCHING—Mike Orosz is the workhorse heart of the Cannons, catching both ends of doubleheaders and playing third base when junior receiver Nick Favaro is behind the plate. Besides being a blue chip catcher Mike runs very well and is our most consistent hitter. Favaro, only in grade 9, has already crushed a pair of home runs and has been invited to B.C. Selects camp along with Noble and Marklund.
INFIELD—Luc Hamel has solidified the Cannons at shortstop with excellent middle infield support from Byron Prasad and Taylor Ginnetti. All three are back next year along with a promising flock of rookies, including Max Wood, who has impressive range and a quick bat, hard-hitting Ian Creamore, who always battles, consistent and versatile Geoffrey Legg, and first baseman Alex Bott, who has a smooth swing and picks very well.
OUTFIELD—The Cannons outfield features Josh Gaudette, one of the most talented young players we’ve ever had, veteran power hitter Brandon Favaro, promising rookies Wood, Mohamed Imdakem, Alex Cyr and Legg, all back again next year, plus Armand Ewusie, who can fly and has burgeoning power.
COACHES—Head coach Dave Empey has put together the strongest coaching staff yet for the Cannons. That includes Jason Andrew, one of the best hitting instructors in the business, versatile Josh Hundal, former Cannon Jovan Ewusie, outfield coach Joe Marklund and former UBC pitcher Jordan Anderson.