Report: Second-Round Pick Jud Fabian Will Not Sign with the Red Sox

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The Red Sox and second-round draft pick Jud Fabian appear to not be on the same page for compensation.  Fabian is reportedly not going to sign with the Red Sox. 


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According to a tweet from Peter Gammons, the agency for Fabian told him that Fabian isn’t signing.  He would go on to add that two teams who were picking after the Red Sox were willing to offer Fabian $3 million.


The slot value for the No. 40 pick is $1.86 million.  Boston will have until August 1st to try and convince Fabian to sign. 


Fabian was originally projected to be a first-round pick during the mock drafts before the MLB Draft.  MLB.com’s Jim Callis once projected Fabian as an option for the No. 4 pick for the Red Sox. 


The Red Sox not signing the second-rounder would be a blow to their draft.  Boston had a very good draft adding a mix of college and high school players to the organization.  Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom looked impressive coming away with both Marcelo Mayer and Fabian in the first two rounds. 


Fabian batted .249/.364/.560 last year at Florida, despite the low average, he hit 20 home runs this past collegiate season.  One knock on Fabian is he struck out a lot for Florida this past season. 


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The Florida Gator has offensive upside ability and Callis compared his swing to former Red Sox superstar Mookie Betts. 


Following the draft, Red Sox amateur scouting director Paul Toboni spoke about Fabian. 


“We obviously have experience scouting Jud, really dating back to early in high school.  He has been such a unique talent for so long now.  Just having the opportunity to select him was obviously a great thing for us.  It’s funny how five years of scouting him led to this build-up and led to a level of comfort for us that was high.”


The door is not closed on Fabian to come to the Red Sox, however if the two are unable to agree, the Red Sox will get the No. 41 pick as compensation. 




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