Prep Baseball Report

Jr. Future Games Trials: Quick Hits

Josh Arce
Intern, PBR Canada

On Friday, Feb. 18th, we got our showcase season underway with the Jr. Future Games Trials  hosted by The Athlete Matrix, home of the Ontario Blue Jays. Our staff got a look at 2025s, 2026s and 2027s looking to compete for Team Canada at the Jr. Future Games this summer at Lakepoint. 

Not only did the event have our entire scouting staff in attendance, as well as our partner Mizuno, we also had all of our state-of-the-art technology on-site. 

Today, our post event coverage continues as scouting intern Josh Arce breaks down five players who stood out on Friday. 

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2026 SS/RHP Charlie Firth
Report: Firth, 5-foot-9, 152-pounds, was a standout at the JFG trials. In the field, he showed sound defensive actions, had soft hands, and made the routine plays with a 72 mph INF velo which was top 3 on the day. At the dish, he got his bat on plane and was hitting line drives in the big part of the ballpark. He finished the day off with a 81 mph exit velo. Firth should look to continue to add strength as all the baseball movements are there. Intriguing 2026 grad prospect.

2025 SS/RHP KJ Stronks
Report: Stronks, 6-foot-1, 135-pounds, impressed as a 2-way talent at the JFG Trials. Defensively, he is a slick-fielder with soft hands with athletic actions in the field. He was sure handed, and finished with a 71 INF velo. At the dish, Stronks showed bat on ball ability and kept his bat on plane throughout his swing. On the mound, Stronks attacked the zone with all 3 pitches. The long, lengthy RHP topped at 77 mph with his fastball, spun his curveball in at 62-64 mph, and had some nice fade on his 64-66 mph changeup. Stronks is a very intriguing 2025 grad prospect.

2027 2B/SS Juan Cruz
Report: Cruz, 5-foot-6, 107-pounds, was one of the youngest players at the JFG Trials and he held more than his own. Cruz plays the game with swag and it shows in his game. In the field, he has advanced movements for an 8th grader. She showed off his athleticism and smooth hands, with a 61 mph INF velo. In the box, Cruz showed a simple approach, staying up the middle hitting line drives with a 76 mph exit velo. Cruz is a very young prospect, and we look forward to watching his progression over the next few years.

2025 SS/OF Rivers Freckelton
Report: Freckelton, 5-foot-11, 175-pounds, showed off his versatility at JFG trials. At the plate, he has one of the louder rounds on the day shooting balls gap to gap with consistent line drives. He topped at 91 mph exit velo. Defensively, he was sound both in the outfield and in the infield, finishing with 79 mph OF velo and 68 mph INF velo. It will be interesting to see what position Freckelton will play going forward, we will continue to follow the 2025 grad.

2025 LHP/1B Christopher Troyer
Report: Troyer, 5-foot-11, 150-pounds, has a long, lengthy frame and impressed us at JFG Trials. At the plate Troyer starts in an open stance, as he gets into his swing he has a small leg kick. When he's on time, he gets on plane and shows a bat on ball ability. On the mound, Troyer pounded the zone with all 4 pitches. Fastball topped 71 mph, slider was 56-58 mph, curveball was 55-57 mph and change up sat 62-64mph. There is lots of projection in Troyer's game, so it will be interesting to see how he develops.


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