Ocala’s Jud Fabian drafted by Red Sox

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Posted July 12, 2021 | By Joel Bronson, joel@ocalagazette.com

Jud Fabian  [UAA Communications photo]

Former Marion County baseball standout Jud Fabian was selected by the Boston Red Sox on Monday during the 2021 Major League Baseball draft.

Fabian, who played for the Florida Gators in 2021, was selected in the second round with the 40th overall pick in this year’s draft.

The Gators outfielder hit 20 home runs and racked up 46 RBI during the 2021 campaign. He played at Trinity Catholic High School.

Tommy Bond, Trinity’s athletic director and head baseball coach, was excited to see his former player drafted.

“We are very proud of Jud and all that he has accomplished. He is the highest drafted player in TC history. He has really worked hard to get to this point and deserves all of the rewards that are coming with it. The Red Sox are a great organization with great history. I can’t wait to see Jud playing in Fenway Park,” Bond said.

Jonathan Mayo, MLB Network draft analyst, praised Fabian’s all-around game.

“Fabian has a ton of power, runs really well, and plays a solid outfield,” Mayo said.

Jim Callis, fellow MLB Network analyst, feels the Red Sox may have gotten a steal with their second-round pick.

“The Red Sox had considered Fabian with the 4th pick overall (in the first round), and should be elated to pick him in the second round,” Callis said.

Fabian’s younger brother, Deric, was also a prospective draft pick, but as of the fifth round on Monday, he remained available.

The younger Fabian was a standout shortstop for North Marion High School and helped get the team to the Class 4A state championship in May. He hit 13 homeruns in his senior season. He also signed to play with the Gators.

In June, Deric was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Baseball.

The MLB Draft continues on Tuesday on MLB Network.

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