Edouard Julien is not on any top 100 prospect lists at this point. But that does not mean that the Minnesota Twins infielder should be overlooked.
Julien had impressed during his brief time with the Twins in spring training, posting a .919 OPS with two homers in his 17 plate appearances before joining Team Canada for the World Baseball Classic. He did not slow down there, hitting a pair of homers while stealing a base as he ranks second in the tournament with a 1.821 OPS.
Minnesota Twins prospect Edouard Julien primed for breakout season
This performance is just building off of an excellent showing in 2022. Julien had an excellent showing in his first taste of Double-A ball, posting a .300/.441/.490 batting line with 17 homers and 19 doubles in his 508 plate appearances while stealing 19 bases. He drew 98 walks with just 125 strikeouts last year; his 208 walks over the past two seasons the most in the minors.
His scouting report fits his performance. He is regarded as an all around hitter with solid pop and an excellent eye at the plate. There are questions as to whether or not he gets too passive at time, but his ability to get on base is impressive. His future home defensively is in doubt but he could be a fit at first or second in a Luis Arraez type player.
It is also probable that Julien makes his major league debut this season. He is slated to begin the year in Triple-A but could easily move up if he continues to hit. An injury on the infield, or a player struggling, could give Julien an opportunity. If that happens, he may never return to the minors again.
Edouard Julien had a strong 2022 season in Double-A. The Minnesota Twins prospect is looking at a breakout season this year.