There isn’t a happier baseball player right now than Minnesota Twins prospect Édouard Julien.
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The Quebec infielder participates in the Twins’ fall camp at the Fort Myers training site along with some 40 other members of the organization with high potential.
Julien has come back from afar. A few weeks after signing his first professional contract with the Twins, in August 2019, Julien injured his elbow with the Canadian team at the Pan American Games. He then had to undergo delicate surgery.
Result: a rehabilitation of several months awaited him following the famous Tommy John type operation. Add to that a global pandemic which paralyzes all the activities of affiliated minor baseball, Julien had not found himself in the entourage of a team for 14 months!
“It’s been a long time since I’ve played and been part of a team. After the operation, I stayed at the complex in Florida to follow my rehabilitation, but there, we practice, there is competition and it’s fun to be able to compare with the other guys. That said, I don’t have too many expectations like it’s been a long time since I played, and we face the best pitchers in the organization, ”said the 21-year-old athlete in a telephone interview with The newspaper.
Even if he evolved to the third base position during his two university seasons with the Auburn Tigers, Julien has mainly been employed in second base since the start of this month-long adventure.
“I had played second base when I was younger and it was in college that I transferred to third base, but I’m more of a second baseman. That said, we play all positions [pendant le camp] because their goal is to develop infielders and athletes, ”explained the 18th round pick in 2019.
Despite such a long absence, the coaching staff of the Twins dispatched to Florida said they were impressed by the Quebecois’ progress. According to him, he hasn’t lost any of his batting power.
“The coaches are happy. They didn’t expect me to be ready like this and hit like that. They are positive. In addition, the players are motivated, but it’s tough, we hit like four hours a day, we train and we are all tired and it hurts all over the place at the end, but it’s cool to be able to play ”, said the powerful hitter from Sainte-Foy.
Julien will return to Quebec on October 28 following the camp where he will continue his preparation for the real training camp which will begin somewhere in February. For now, he does not care about the level in which he will evolve in 2021.
“These are things that I cannot control and I have not thought about where I will play. We’ll see at training camp, but it’s a plus for me to have been invited. “