David Jeffrey Bednar (pronounced “bed-NARR”)...Is a 2013 graduate of Mars (PA) High School...Went 13-2 with 145 strikeouts in 101.1ip during his high school career...Posted a 4-2 record and a 0.95 ERA as a senior...Was named MVP as a junior and senior and was a 2012-13 All-Pittsburgh Post Gazette and All-Section selection...Faced Brendan McKay in the first round of the high school playoffs in 2013; he struck out the first six batters he faced, and 12 in the game, only to lose a 2-0 decision as McKay tossed a one-hitter (Bednar had the only hit)...Attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA, where he led the staff in ERA (3.92), innings pitched (59.2ip), complete games (five) and strikeouts (70) during his junior year in 2016...His father, Andy, coached baseball at Mars Area High School for over 30 years...His brother, Will, currently pitches at Mississippi State.
Began shortened season with San Diego...Made two appearances (2.1ip/2r/1er) before being optioned to the alternate training site on 8/3...Was recalled on 8/15 and pitched a career-high 2.0 innings (2r) that night at Arizona...Returned to alternate site on 8/16...Was recalled on 8/27 as the 29th roster player for scheduled doubleheader that day vs. Seattle; gave up two runs in 2.0ip in game two in his final appearance.
Spent the majority of the campaign with Amarillo (AA), where he posted a 2-5 record with a 2.95 ERA, 86 SO and a .226 opponent AVG in 44 appearances...Named a Texas League Mid-Season All-Star for AMA after posting a 3.82 ERA and converting 4 of his 5 SVO prior to the All-Star break…went on to convert each of his 10 SVO with a 1.98 ERA in the 2nd half...From June 1 until the time of his call-up, he recorded a 2.17 ERA in 28 appearances with 54 SO against just 5 BB, with the Sod Poodles going 21-7 in games in which he appeared...Converted 4 consecutive SVO from July 30-August 7 with 0 hits and 0 runs allowed in that time...In August, the final month of his minor league campaign, he went 1-0 with a 0.68 ERA (1 ER, 13.1 IP) and a .133 opponent AVG across 11 outings...Made his ML debut on Sept. 1 at SF, tossing a perfect inning to finish the game in the Padres' 8-4 win...Went on to toss 5.2-scoreless innings in his first 7 appearances to begin his ML career…allowed just 1 hit, 1 BB, 9 SO with a .056 opponent AVG and a 14.29 SO/9 rate through his first 7 appearances...Snapped his scoreless-innings streak on Sept. 15 at COL after giving up a 3-run HR to John Fuentes.
Spent the season with Lake Elsinore (A), owning a 2.73 ERA (21 ER, 69.1 IP) and tying for second on the club in appearances (47)...Set career highs with 10 saves, 47 appearances and 96 strikeouts...His 2.73 ERA ranked fourth in the California League among relievers (min. 40 appearances)...Was the only hurler for LE to make more than 35 appearances and own a sub-3.00 ERA...His 21 games finished ranked second on the club behind Dauris Valdez's 27, and his 12.5 SO/9 IP ranked sixth.
Split the season between Fort Wayne (A) and Lake Elsinore (A), going 1-4 with a 2.64 ERA (18 ER, 61.1 IP)...Appeared in 24 games for FW (all in relief), owning a 1.87 ERA (7 ER, 33.2 IP), 0.86 WHIP and .154 opponent AVG...Combined for 11 saves (9 with FW and 2 with LE), converting 11 of 13 SVO...Posted 13.4 SO/9 IP with his 81 strikeouts in 61.1 innings of work.