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Houston Astros, Corey Julks
Houston Astros, Corey Julks /

Corey Julks is picking up reps at a new position this March.

According to McTaggart, Julks is taking reps at third base in mini-camp, a position he has one full game at in the Minor Leagues. The regular outfielder will work both positions this spring, as versatility could be high on his list.

There is jam of outfielders near the top of the system, and for Julks, who is now 25-years-old, versatility will help him advance in the system. The Triple-A level ran thin for infield options following the 2021 season, hence the addition of Diaz.

"“Julks is hoping to add that tool to his tool box,” minor league field coordinator Jason Bell told Climbing Tal’s Hill. “He has been playing a good outfield but would help his career to also play third base, as well as helping the organization overall.”"

Julks found a new stroke of power in Double-A for 2021, bumping his OPS up to .840.

The right-hander did take a stay on the injured and development lists but didn’t see a promotion to Triple-A, even with his offensive success. This could have been in-part to the promotions of outfielders like Leon, Norel Gonzalez and Marty Costes.

With another position under his belt, Julks is bolstering his chance of promotion.