Under-the-Radar Dynasty Baseball Prospect: Edouard Julien

by Alex Welch
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In this week's look at under-the-radar prospects, I want to tell why now is the time to buy dynasty baseball prospect Edouard Julien.

The Athletic’s Aaron Gleeman called him “probably the most underrated Twins prospect” at the end of September. Baseball America’s Geoff Pontes said he “has some of the best on-base skills in the minor leagues.” MLB.com’s Do-Hyoung Park gave him the nickname “the God of Walks.”

Have I hyped him up enough?

You might not be familiar with the Minnesota Twins second baseman, but every owner needs to take notice Julien's growing hype train. He’s quietly built an impressive résumé and now has 2023 projections expecting playing time for him at the MLB level.

It’s been quite an ascension for the Quebec City native. The Twins drafted Julien out of Auburn in 2019. He spent the next year rehabbing, a year already lost to the pandemic, and finally began at Single-A ball at age 22.

Fangraphs listed him as the Twins’ No. 18 prospect at the beginning of the 2022 season. After 113 games with the Double-A Wichita Wind Surge, Julien made a strong case for a much higher ranking and a potential call up in the near future.

He hit .300/.441/.490 with 17 HRs, 67 RBIs, 19 SBs and 144 wRC+. Only one prospect – Esteury Ruiz – finished with a higher OBP (min. 200 PA) among all minor leagues who played at High-A or above in 2022.

Under-the-Radar Dynasty Baseball Prospect: Edouard Julien

2022 in Review

Here are his numbers so far through two minor league seasons.

SeasonLevelGPAHRRRBISBBB%K%ISOAVGOBPSLGwRC+
2021A47204341242124.50%26.50%.156.299.490.456168
2021A+653101552481319.40%29.00%.247.247.397.494144
2022AA1135081777671919.30%24.60%.190.300.441.490144

But his impressive 2022 campaign didn't conclude in Wichita. Julien absolutely destroyed the Arizona Fall League (AFL). He basically caught the attention of every analyst on hand.

Julien posted the highest OPS – an insane 1.249 – in the AFL. In 21 games, he slashed .400/.563/.686 with 5 HRs, 17 RBIs, 6 SBs and more walks than strikeouts (23 to 22). That performance earned him the AFL’s Breakout Player of the Year award. MLB.com reported Julien’s .563 OBP ranked third all-time in the AFL.

It’s no surprise the Twins added him to their 40-man roster last month.

Looking Ahead

Here’s what Derek Falvey, Twins President of Baseball Operations, recently said about the prospect:

“He easily could factor into our plans next year — at some point over the course of the year. The last remaining area for him is the defensive side of the ball. He’s played second base, and there is still work to be done defensively. But offensively… he’s not a finished product, but he is much more advanced than his age, or his years in the minor leagues, would indicate. He’s pretty close to a major league-ready bat.”

The Twins have decent depth around the infield even with Carlos Correa’s looming departure. Julien’s playing time in the next few years will likely depend more on where he lands defensively. Some analysts see him as a possible super-utility player. That would be a fine result for dynasty owners.

Mike Schneider put Julien at No. 86 in his end-of-year prospect rankings. However, Julien did not crack the top 500 in Dave Eddy’s latest dynasty baseball rankings. That makes me believe now is the opportune time to buy.

If your league didn’t catch his destruction of the AFL, be sure to take advantage before Julien becomes a more coveted name. Owners in OBP leagues should make an even stronger push to acquire him.


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