J.P. Stevenson of New Glasgow tested his pitching skills against some major league players and hopefuls Tuesday during a spring training game between the Canadian junior team and the Toronto Blue Jays in St. Petersburg, Fla.
A Blue Jays split squad rallied for three runs in the fifth inning, four in the seventh and three in the eighth en route to a 12-2 victory
Stevenson was on the mound for two innings for the juniors. He gave up four hits and four runs, including a homer. He walked on batter and struck out another.
The Jays finished with 12 hits to seven for the juniors, who were tagged with three errors.
While other major league teams tend to put up prospects against the juniors, the Jays brought out some stars as well as a bevy of its own young Canadian talent.
Players from both teams mingled for a group photograph in the outfield before the first pitch, with the Jays’ Munenori Kawasaki and Jose Bautista sticking around for their own shot surrounded by the young Canadians. Bautista also gave the Canadian teens a pep talk.
The Canadian juniors play in the fall instructional league against young major league talent before their spring series in Florida in March and April.