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Sox draft Florida OF Jud Fabian with 40th pick

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With their second-round pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, the Boston Red Sox selected Florida outfielder Jud Fabian.

Fabian is ranked as the No. 23 prospect in this year's class and was picked 40th overall. The 20-year-old belted 20 home runs in 59 games for the Gators in 2021, but the swing-and-miss in his game caused his stock to drop a bit heading into the draft. He struck out 79 times in 269 plate appearances.

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Here's MLB Pipeline's scouting report for Fabian, which includes a mention of a popular ex-Red Sox outfielder.

The left-handed-throwing, right-handed-hitting Fabian has solid tools across the board. There’s been some swing-and-miss in his game in the past, but he started having better at-bats more consistently last year and over the summer with bat speed that reminded some of Mookie Betts, his strikeout rate spiked early in 2021. The power was still showing up, but he struggled with adjusting to breaking stuff.

While Fabian isn’t a burner, he does have above-average speed. That, combined with his ability to get good reads off the bat and run good routes, should allow him to stay in center field long-term.

Fabian marks chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom's second pick of the draft, following the Red Sox' selection of shortstop Marcelo Mayer at No. 4 overall.