Despite cooling off somewhat down the stretch of the 2021 campaign, Fabian earned All-SEC defensive honors and still found time to finish in the nation’s Top 10 in home runs (20). For his career, he banged out 32 homers and finished with a career .512 slugging percentage. The biggest knock on Fabian has been in the strikeout department, but he is currently tinkering with his approach at the plate and did draw 40 walks as a junior. The Ocala, Florida native has a solid chance to be a Top 30 selection in this summer’s draft proceedings.
While Mace took over the Friday night starting role for the Gators in 2019 en route to eight wins, it wasn’t until 2020 that he really began to take off as the team’s ace. In four starts that season, he posted a 1.67 ERA with three victories. The 6-foot-6-inch right-handed pitcher has a repertoire that includes an 87 MPH slider and deft curve ball. The former Cincinnati Reds 2017 12th-round pick increased his draft stock while at Florida and has a chance to hear his name called in the first two rounds of the 2021 MLB Draft.
In 2021, Mace has pitched over 75 innings and allowed about a hit per inning with his ERA hovering around the 4.4 mark. Thus far, he has posted one save in relief. Most importantly, he has failed to lose a game (5-0) in 13 appearances. The Gators head into this weekend’s series against the top-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks on a roll, having notched 15 victories in their last 20 games. Mace opens up the weekend series in his Friday night role versus Arkansas left-hander Patrick Wicklander on Thursday night.