Barco and Fabian named Perfect Game Preseason All-Americans

Gators left-handed pitcher Hunter Barco and center fielder Jud Fabian have been named Preseason All-Americans by Perfect Game. Barco collected second team honors, while Fabian was tabbed to the third team.

Both of them were previously named Preseason First Team All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball.

Barco led the Gators with 10 wins in 2021. He posted a 4.01 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 83 innings. Opponents batted just .239 against him, and he put together a streak of nine consecutive starts without being charged with a loss.

He was named to the SEC All-Newcomer Team and the Southeast-ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Second Team. He was recently named the No. 7 college prospect for the 2022 MLB Draft by Baseball America. MLB Pipeline ranked the Jacksonville native as the 54th-best prospect in the draft overall.

Fabian, meanwhile, was named First Team All-SEC after last season and was drafted in the second round by the Boston Red Sox but somewhat surprisingly opted to return to UF for a fourth season.

He became just the fifth Gator to ever slug 20 home runs in a season, a total that also ranked second in the SEC. He also ranked ninth in the SEC in walks (40) and tied for 13th in slugging percentage (.560).

He recorded four games with multiple home runs, and he reached base safely in 23 consecutive games at one point.

Fabian played superb defense in center field, posting a .971 fielding percentage and two outfield assists in 139 chances. He was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team for his performance.

Barco, Fabian and the rest of the Gators will open their season at home on Feb. 18 against Liberty.

Ethan Hughes
Ethan was born in Gainesville and has lived in the Starke, Florida, area his entire life. He played basketball for five years and knew he wanted to be a sportswriter when he was in middle school. He’s attended countless Gators athletic events since his early childhood, with baseball being his favorite sport to attend. He’s a proud 2019 graduate of the University of Florida and a 2017 graduate of Santa Fe College. He interned with the University Athletic Association’s communications department for 1 ½ years as a student and also wrote for for two years before joining Gator Country in 2021. He is a long-suffering fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars. You can follow him on Twitter @ethanhughes97.