The Twins believe in Édouard Julien because of his stick

Despite being an 18th round pick in 2019, Quebec interior player Édouard Julien is nonetheless an expected backstage player in Minnesota.

“When I left university, I kept telling myself that I needed to improve 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 in an interview given to the Journal de Quebec.

It is therefore thanks to his offensive qualities if the young Julien can hope to make his way to Minneapolis one day.

This is what journalist Benoît Rioux reports.

Additionally, the Twins have asked veteran Josh Donaldson to act as a mentor to Julien.

Donaldson is the current third cushion player at Minnesota. Could he serve as a model for the young Quebecer?

Certainly. Plus, both are products of the Tigers at Auburn University, Alabama.

Aged 21, Édouard Julien therefore knows the intentions of his professional club towards him. He will have to continue to perfect his stick in the minors and thus be able to one day take the place of Donaldson on third base.

A late choice, you will say?

By comparison, other 18th round picks have had great careers in the Majors.

Note here the name of Mike Cameron, a White Sox pick in 1991, who is one of 16 players in history to have managed at least 275 home runs and 275 career steals.

Other notable names drafted in the 18th round include pitcher Ken Forsch (Astros 1968) and indoor Lyle Overbay (Diamondbacks 1999), who played for several seasons.

Next March, Julien will participate in his first professional camp with the Twins. An important step for the development of young Quebecers.

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