Edouard Julien will swing again this summer.
The Auburn third baseman has been named to the 2019 Canadian National Team, and will compete with his country’s name on his jersey at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru starting later this month.
Julien is from Quebec City. He has represented his country once before on its junior national team.
Julien led the Tigers in home runs and RBI’s this past season and helped lead Auburn on a wild run to the College World Series. He announced last week that he’d be forgoing his opportunities in pro baseball this year and that he will return to Auburn as a junior next season.
Baseball at the Pan Am Games opens July 29.
Julien is one of three college players to make the 24-man roster, alongside Mississippi State’s Eric Cerantola, Oklahoma’s Ben Abram and a host of minor leaguers.
The fiery French-speaker was picked by the Twins in the 18th round of the MLB Draft this spring, but announced last week that he’d be back on the Plains.
“Je vais être de retour,” Julien posted to Twitter then. “I will be back,” it means.
“My teammates and I still have some work to do at Auburn,” he said in a statement. “Coach (Butch) Thompson talks about leaving a legacy, and our story isn’t over yet.”
Julien refuses to let an errant throw at the College World Series define his own legacy. Julien suffered heartbreak when his two-out throwing error in the bottom of the ninth allowed Mississippi State to tie the game and ultimately escape with a win in Auburn’s College World Series opener in Omaha, Neb.
But as Tigers players said quickly after the game, the team wouldn’t have made it to Omaha or been in that position without Julien. He hit a two-run homer and drove in a third RBI earlier in that same game to put Auburn up.
Julien has led the Tigers in home runs and RBI’s in each of the past two seasons. He rolled up 10 homers and 57 RBI’s this season, and has totaled 27 home runs and 126 RBI’s in two seasons. He played designated hitter his first year on the Plains before working at third base this year.
Earlier this year, Julien tallied his 100th career RBI in his 94th career game, becoming the fifth fastest Auburn player to reach 100 career RBI’s behind only Tim Hudson, Gabe Gross, Frank Thomas and Todd Faulkner.
As a freshman his 69 RBI’s led freshmen nationally and broke Thomas’ freshman RBI record at Auburn that had stood since 1987.
The Pan Am games run July 26 through Aug. 11. Baseball there is set to run from July 29 to Aug. 4.