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Julius McDougal is a former minor league baseball shortstop who played from 1984 to 1992 in the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies farm systems.

McDougal was originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 15th round of the 1981 amateur draft. He opted not to sign, but when he was drafted by the Cubs in the 3rd round of the 1984 amateur draft, he did sign.

He began his professional career in 1984 and did poorly. With the Lodi Crushers, he hit only .186 in 220 at-bats. In 1985, with the Peoria Chiefs, he improved but still hit only .243 with five home runs and 38 RBI in 125 games. He did show some speed by stealing 20 bases.

While with the Winston-Salem Spirits in 1986, McDougal showed great improvement and hit .289 in 103 games with 20 steals. On August 13, he was traded with George Frazier and Ray Fontenot for Ron Davis and Dewayne Coleman. He appeared in 17 games with the Orlando Twins, hitting .377 in 61 at-bats. Overall, he batted .302 with 22 stolen bases in 1986.

McDougal struggled in 1987. Splitting time between Orlando and the Portland Beavers, he hit only .203 in 434 at-bats. He did, however, steal a career high 26 bases.

On February 24, 1988, the Twins traded McDougal to the Tigers for Doug Baker. He spent all of 1988 with the Glens Falls Tigers, hitting .241 in 129 games.

In a couple unknown transactions, he wound up in the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox farm systems in 1989. Playing for the Canton-Akron Indians and New Britain Red Sox, he hit .215 in 118 games.

He split time between New Britain and the Pawtucket Red Sox in 1990, hitting a combined .241 with a career high 10 home runs and 52 RBI.

For the 1991 season, he was in the Blue Jays organization. He played in only 59 games with the Syracuse Chiefs, batting .253.

He played his final season in 1992, with the Reading Phillies in the Phillies organization. He appeared in only 13 games, hitting .282 in 39 at-bats.

Overall, McDougal played nine years in the minors, hitting .238 in 869 games. He hit 27 home runs and he stole 115 bases.

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