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Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Arizona Fall League 40-man roster Rule 5 Draft 2022

Does he hit with enough power and can he find a defensive home?

Edouard Julien, 2B, Twins (No. 14): The 2019 18th-rounder out of Auburn has won not one, but two Player of the Week honors already and is certainly in contention for AFL MVP—an award won by fellow Twin Royce Lewis in 2019. Entering this week, Julien leads the Fall League in OBP (.535), slugging (.683), OPS (1.218), walks (20) and runs scored (21) through 19 games with Glendale. His .365 average, five homers and 10 extra-base hits also ranked among the top five in the loop.

Julien already showed a strong approach that led to a .300/.441/.490 line and 19.3 percent walk rate over 508 plate appearances at Double-A Wichita during the regular season, making him a likely add for Minnesota anyway. These past five weeks have moved that modifier from “likely” to “certain.”

jimfurtado Posted: November 09, 2022 at 08:12 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: afl, prospects, rule 5 draft

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   1. DL from MN Posted: November 09, 2022 at 09:00 AM (#6104878)
Julien is almost certain to be the best player drafted in his spot in the draft as soon as he debuts. Who are the best 18th round picks ever?
   2. cookiedabookie Posted: November 09, 2022 at 10:55 AM (#6104888)
Going back to 1990, it's Mike Cameron with 46.7 rWAR, drafted in 1991
   3. DL from MN Posted: November 09, 2022 at 11:13 AM (#6104890)
Cameron was picked 488th; Julien was #539 overall. Just shows how the 18th round isn't always the 18th round.

It is rare for anyone picked above 480 to both sign and contribute. Most who were decent waited and signed with a higher pick later.
   4. Der-K's enjoying the new boygenius album. Posted: November 09, 2022 at 12:32 PM (#6104901)
Julien would've gone higher in the draft were it not for his bonus demands (and his truly awful defense and some minor health concerns). Anyhoo, loved the bat, glad to see him blossom this year.

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