Édouard Julien will have an ally in Josh Donaldson

Quebecer Édouard Julien will find an important ally in the organization of the Minnesota Twins: veteran Josh Donaldson.

The two men have attended Auburn University at different times, but this is a situation that inevitably creates bonds.


Édouard Julien had two amazing seasons with Auburn before signing his professional contract with the Twins last year.

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Édouard Julien had two amazing seasons with Auburn before signing his professional contract with the Twins last year.

Better yet, when entering his second season in Alabama, Julien had seen his coaches call on a former university student to help him in his transition to third cushion on defense and it was just Donaldson.

“We had spent a few days together and I took the opportunity to ask him lots of questions,” recalls Julien, who carefully preserves some videos of the teachings then given by the one we nickname “Bringer of Rain”. He also texted me afterwards to find out if everything was going well for me. “

“A model”

Donaldson, 35, is likely to be the Twins’ regular third baseman for a few more years, after signing a four-year, $ 92 million contract with the Minnesota team in January 2020. Julien, drafted in 18th round by the Twins in 2019, however, does not see the situation as an obstacle to his progression to major baseball, on the contrary.

“Josh Donaldson is a role model for me,” said the 21-year-old Quebecer of the former Toronto Blue Jays star. Anyway, I don’t want to put myself in the shoes of a major player right now. I think I still have a few years to develop before I get there. ”

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Julien, who can also play in the second cushion in defense, first intends to refine his stick in the minor leagues.

“When I left university, I kept telling myself that I had to improve myself in defense, but in the Twins, I am told that it is my stick that will decide if, one day, I will play in the majors ”, noted the young man.

Strike with a Quebec product

Special fact: Julien used to hit with aluminum clubs not so long ago in Auburn. Beyond Donaldson, the athlete from Quebec therefore hopes to have found another ally by partnering with the company Märk Lumber, which manufactures wooden sticks.

“I discovered these poles in 2018 in the Cape Cod League, with my summer team [NDLR: Les Commodores de Falmouth] who had about twenty for the players, ”said Julien.

“I like the sticks because they’re maple and the wood is really hard,” said the player, proud ambassador. In addition, it is a Quebec product and the company is owned by a guy I know, Marc Bourgeois. The quality of the stick is there and I benefit from a good support. ”

Support, whether it comes from Donaldson or Mark Lümber, Julien will never have too much if he hopes to one day reach major baseball. In the short term, the Quebecer will take part in his first official training camp with the Twins in Fort Myers, Florida next March, after completing a training camp at the same location this fall.

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