B45 Academy

Our Mission

Our mission at B45 Academy is to create complete athletes, equipping them with the tools and knowledge to maximize their full potential and take their game to the next level. We strive to establish an environment of respect and hard work, develop strong character, and inspire leadership on and off the field. 

Training Staff

Pete Laforest

Owner

Hitting, Catching, Fielding, Pitching, Speed and Agility

A native of Hull, Québec, Pete (Pierre-Luc) has 21 years of professional baseball experience. In high school, he played baseball with the Academy of Baseball Canada (ABC) in Montreal. At age 17, he represented his country for the first time on the 18 and under Junior National Team. Pete’s professional career began in 1995 when he was drafted by the Montréal Expos. He made his Major League debut in 2003 as a catcher for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Pete had the humbling opportunity to represent Canada again in the 2004 Olympic games in Athens and in the first World Baseball Classic, held in 2006. He also played at the Major League level for the San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies.

Throughout his career Pete played in multiple countries including Venezuela, The Dominican Republic, Mexico, Australia, Taiwan, and Japan. In 2013 he began managing a professional team in the CanAm League and won his first championship as a manager in 2015.

Pete now resides in Portage, MI with his wife, Cara, and their two young sons.