David Bednar was drafted by the Padres in the 35th round of the 2016 MLB Draft with the 1,044th pick out of Lafayette College. Going from a small college in Easton, Pennsylvania to the pros isn’t all that common, but Bednar kept his nose the grindstone and good things happened.
His first professional season was split betweem the Tri-City Dust Devils and the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Across the two teams, he finished with a 4-4 record with a 2.32 ERA in 31 innings pitched. The 2017 season was spent with Fort Wayne and the Lake Elsinore Storm. That year brought a 1-4 record with a 2.64 ERA in 60 innings of work.
His third professional season was spent entirely with Lake Elsinore where he pitched 69 innings an finished with a 2-4 record and an ERA of 2.73.
Bednar upgraded to the Amarillo Sod Poodles for the beginning of the 2019 season and eventually got his major league debut later in the year. With the Poodles, Bednar pitched 58 innings and had a 2-5 record with an ERA of 2.95.
His major league debut came on September 1 against the San Francisco Giants where he pitched a single hitless inning in relief.
This past season, Bednar struggled with injuries that kept from playing no more than four games for the Padres. In those four appearances, he pitched 6 1⁄3 innings, finishing with an 0-0 record, and an ERA of 7.11. He allowed 11 hits, five earned runs, one homer, and struck out five.
Stats: 0-0 record in four games, 7.11 ERA, 2.05 WHIP, allowed 11 hits, five earned runs, and one homer in 6 1⁄3 innings pitched with five strikeouts
Game of the year
Neither of his four appearances were all that stellar, but his best performance came on July 30 against the Giants. In one inning, Bednar struck out one but allowed a lone run off a single hit.