Jud “the Stud” Fabian: A 21-year-old Orioles outfield prospect that has already made an impact in such a short amount of time.
But before we talk about his time as an Oriole, we must backtrack to before he was even a professional baseball player.
Fabian attended Trinity Catholic HS in Ocala, Florida, where he started his baseball journey. He then decided to attend the University of Florida, where he would start to shine in the spotlight of the SEC.
As a freshman in 2019, Fabian wasted no time to be the starter for the Gators. He would make his collegiate debut February 15, 2019, against Long Beach State, when he would go 1-for-4, with his first collegiate hit being a double.
He would pick up his first RBI the very next day and his first home run February 19, 2019, against South Florida.
Fabian would finish his freshman year slashing .232/.353/.411 with a .764 OPS. He would have 39 hits, nine doubles, seven home runs and 26 RBIs and would also go 7-for-12 in stolen bases.
What really stood out was his performance on the defensive side. Having a .993 fielding percentage and two outfield assists with just one error in 56 games is impressive.
Now with a shortened 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fabian still balled out. In 17 games as a sophomore, he slashed .294/.407.603 with a 1.010 OPS and would have 20 hits, six doubles, five home runs and 13 RBIs.
He would also go 2-for-2 in stolen bases and have another strong season on defense, going 39-for-39 in putouts with one outfield assist. This would be the last year he was somewhat unrecognized.
Fabian’s 2021 junior season would be the start of something beautiful. Florida had a fantastic season with a 38-22 record, and Fabian did unthinkable things.
Now with a slash line of .249/.364/.560 and a .924 OPS over 59 games, you would see his dominance. With 56 hits, 10 doubles and a team-high 20 home runs, while being one of five players in Florida’s history to have 20 homers in one season, Fabian was finally getting the recognition he earned.
Heading into the 2021 MLB Draft, Fabian was the 23rd overall prospect according to MLB.com and was ranked higher than players like Colson Montgomery, Will Bednar, Trey Sweeney and our very own Connor Norby.
He was eventually selected in the second round by the Boston Red Sox, but Fabian decided to forgo his selection and play a senior season at the University of Florida.
He played his senior season and was blessed enough to play alongside his brother Deric, slashing .239/.414/.598 with a 1.012 OPS over 66 games.
He had 56 hits, 10 doubles, a triple and another 20 home run season with 24 total. He also had a team-high 10 HBPs and 62 walks and defensively went 154-for-154 on putouts with one outfield assist.
Walking into the 2022 MLB Draft, Fabian was the 52nd overall prospect, according to the MLB Pipeline, above names like our own Max Wagner and Silas Ardoin. In the second round, Fabian heard his name announced as a Baltimore Oriole with the 67th overall pick.
Fabian made his pro debut August 3, 2022, with the FCL Orioles. He wouldn’t get his first pro hit until August 9, when he went 2-for-3 with a double and threw RBIs.
In just four games with the FCL orioles, Fabian would slash .500/.647/.600 with a 1.247 OPS. Needless to say, he was ready for more of a challenge.
On August 16, Fabian would make his debut with the Orioles Low-A affiliate, the Delmarva Shorebirds. He would immediately make an impact with a 3-for-4 day, including a double, home run, four RBIs and a walk.
Slashing a clean .387/.486/.871 with a 1.357 OPS over seven games, Fabian has 12 hits, seven doubles, one triple, two home runs and six RBIs in seven games with Delmarva. Count that with six walks and so far not a single error in the outfield, the No. 25 prospect in the Orioles top-30 is doing wonders.
As someone who has been a huge Jud Fabian fan since 2020, I am more than ecstatic to see Jud “the Stud” in the Orioles organization. He is someone that is simply must-watch and could potentially give outfielders a run for there money within the O’s system.
Just always remember the name, Jud “the Stud” Fabian.
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