Florida's Center Fielder Jud Fabian's Swing Compared to Former Red Sox All-Star?


The MLB Draft is loaded with talent and the Red Sox will have the opportunity to select a impact player fourth overall.  Florida Gators center fielder Jud Fabian might be one of the best bats available in the draft.  The term "tools" has been used in almost every scouting report for Fabian.  He doesn't entirely excel in one particular area, he offers a complete balanced skill set. 

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Following his high school graduation, Fabian opted out of the 2019 MLB Draft.  Scouts predicted that had he remained in the draft, he would have been selected in the first-round.  Instead he opted to play in Gainesville for the Florida Gators.

In his first start with the Gators, he would lead off against Marshall University going 2-for-5 and driving in a run.  Despite having a great start to his collegiate career, he definitely experienced his ups and downs.  In 54 games with Florida, he hit .232 with seven home runs, but he struggled with swing-and-miss portion of his game.  Fabian spent some time playing in the Cape Cod League for the Bourne Braves.  In 24 starts he hit .290 and hit six home runs and a slash line of .350/.500.

The Red Sox will undoubtedly select who they feel is the best player in the draft and not for need.  Unlike the NFL or NBA Drafts, prospects in baseball take more time to develop and these players spend time marinating in the system.

Fabian’s offensive ability is impressive and shows great discipline with his approach at the plate.  His walk rate at the collegiate level shows his ability to wait for his pitch.  However, like most young players in the game today, he projects to show power at the next level.  The caveat to that is he will strike out his fair share, but that also goes hand-in-hand for players with an impact bat.

MLB Pipeline gave an interesting comp to Fabian and his swing speed at the plate.  They compared him to former Red Sox MVP and two-time World Series champion Mookie Betts.  Insert the big emoji eyes right here!  That’s an incredible comp to give to a young player not even in the game yet.

The future first-round draft pick has been connected to the Red Sox.  Back in December, MLB.com’s Jim Callis has the Red Sox selecting him in the upcoming draft.  He wrote, “Fabian might be the most polarizing prospect among the eight players who seem to have separated themselves from the rest of the Draft class at this point.  He could have the most usable power in the Draft and may stay in center field, but he also has hit just .250 with a 22-percent strikeout rate in two seasons at Florida.”

The Red Sox will have some competition if they want to draft Fabian.  The Rangers project as a better fit for him, and new general manager Chris Young is also looking to re-tool his farm system.  If he falls to No. 4 overall, Boston will have the opportunity to add a five-tool player in their system and one of the best players in this year’s draft class.

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Boston Sports Syndicate: Florida's Center Fielder Jud Fabian's Swing Compared to Former Red Sox All-Star?
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