Keys' Julius Healthy and Ready to play ball

The Keys hope that Julius can return to pre-injury form from 2010.

Frederick Keys outfielder Jacob Julius is eager to begin 2011 after coming off a season ending injury.

The 33rd round selection in the 2007 draft by the Baltimore Orioles hit .285 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI in 65 games in 2010.

“It was extremely disappointing just only being able to sit around and not be able to get on the field,” Julius said. “I still had a good time because we had a great group of guys and it was a lot of fun to still be a part of the team. I am just looking forward to getting back out there and hopefully pick up where I left off.”

“It's one of the last things I think about. I never think about getting hurt. Just sitting on the bench and knowing how fun it is to be on the field and how much I missed it was the worst.”

Julius said he felt good this spring to get back on the field and that the setback will not slow his level of play down. The 25-year-old added that he knows injuries are possible but if you don't play at 100 percent that is when there is a greater chance at injury.

Julius will play primarily in the outfield but will see some time at first base this season. The former Arkansas Razorback does not mind where he plays this season.

“I just want to be in the lineup,” Julius said. “Whether its going to be first base or outfield I think its going to help me be more versatile and it will make me get on the field more. Whatever I need to do to get on the field to help this team win is what I am going to do.”

Julius admits that he is relatively new to first base and is working on his defense.

“Outfield is more natural to me, but I will be playing some first base so I am going to keep working on that.”

Julius is extremely confident in the group of players he will be taking the field with this year, however, he expressed one thing the team and himself need to do to win consistently.

“Everyone just has to stay within themselves and not try to do too much and just contribute their part. I think the hardest thing is to not try and do too much. Everyone just has to do the things that got them here which will help them to keep moving on.”

The goals that the opening day outfielder has set are to just play well and stay healthy. Julius added that his goal is to move up in the organization but does not think about it because he can not control what decisions are made in the front office.

“I am just going to go out and play hard every day to contribute and help the team win,” Julius said. “We are going to be playing baseball so it is going to be fun and just enjoy it.”


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