Edward Sutelan, SportingNews (July 2)
The only player from the collegiate ranks to be mocked to the Cleveland Indians over these four mock drafts, Jud Fabian has a similar profile to Joshua Baez, but with a higher level of experience. Given that extra experience and high-ceiling, Edward Sutelan from the SportingNews has Fabian going to Cleveland in his most recent mock draft, the one that was completed the most recently of the four here.
"The Indians have shown a willingness in previous drafts to gamble on upside early over the higher floor players, and that’s what Fabian offers them. A tough 2021 dropped Fabian in rankings from potentially being the first college bat taken to possibly even a second-rounder, but he has tons of raw power and offers the speed needed to play all three outfield positions. If Cleveland can get him to click, it could be getting a steal late in the first. -Edward Sutelan"
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Turning 21-years old in September, Fabian is a bit older than the typical Tribe prospect. However, his experience makes him a bit more intriguing. The team can see more of his game, for better or worse, which gives more confidence in the selection.
Over three seasons at Florida, Fabian played in 132 games for the Gators, totaling a slash line of .249/.366/.512. While the average was a bit lower, he did tally 25 doubles and belt 32 home runs in addition to 85 RBI and 15 stolen bases.
He can do a little bit of everything, but it will be figuring out if he can do any of them extremely well. The power is promising and the added speed is a nice bonus. If he’s there at 23 he could be a steal if Cleveland brings him along properly.