Born: October 10, 1994
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 249
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Drafted: 35th Round, 1044th Overall, 2016 (Padres)
How Acquired: Trade (from Padres for Joe Musgrove)
College: Lafayette College
Agent: N/A


San Diego drafted Bednar in a late round from Lafayette College, which isn’t a hotbed of MLB talent.  He was a starter there, posting a 3.84 ERA over three years.  As pro, he’s pitched exclusively in relief.  The Padres moved him up slowly at first, but in 2019 he went from AA to the majors.  He’s almost always had very high K rates and usually hasn’t walked many.  Bednar’s fastball added velocity with the move to relief, going from the low- to mid-90s, topping out at 97.  He has a good curve and added a splitter as a pro.  The Pirates obtained him in the trade for Joe Musgrove.

A-:  1-0-2, 0.00 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, 10.0 IP, 0.0 BB/9, 13.5 K/9
A:  3-4-2, 3.43 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 21.0 IP, 1.7 BB/9, 10.7 K/9

After Bednar signed, the Padres sent him to short season ball, but after eight games they moved him up to low A, where he got into 15 more.  He was effective at both stops, with very good walk and K rates.

A:  1-1-9, 1.87 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 33.2 IP, 2.9 BB/9, 13.4 K/9
A+:  0-3-2, 3.58 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 27.2 IP, 2.9 BB/9, 10.1 K/9

Bednar split the season between low A and high A.  He had little trouble at the lower level.  He got hit harder in high A, but it was the high-offense California League.

A+:  2-4-10, 2.73 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 69.1 IP, 3.8 BB/9, 12.5 K/9

The Padres sent Bednar back to the California League and he pitched well, again considering the environment.  He had a very high K rate.

AA:  2-5-14, 2.95 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 58.0 IP, 2.8 BB/9, 13.3 K/9
MLB:  0-2-0, 6.55 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 11.0 IP, 4.1 BB/9, 11.5 K/9

Bednar pitched well in AA, continuing to miss a lot of bats.  The Padres called him up in September and he continued to miss bats, but otherwise wasn’t as effective.

MLB:  0-0-0, 7.11 ERA, 2.05 WHIP, 6.1 IP, 2.8 BB/9, 7.1 K/9

Bednar served as depth at the Padres’ training site.  He got called up several times and made four appearances in which he mostly got hit hard.

When Bednar was acquired, he appeared to need some time in AAA.  He has two options left, but had a spectacular spring and made the opening day roster.

2021: Major league minimum
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2016
MLB Debut: 9/1/2019
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2027
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: 11/20/2018
Options Remaining: 2 (USED: 2020)
MLB Service Time: 0.076
June 11, 2016: Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 35th round, 1044th overall pick; signed on June 14.
September 1, 2019: Contract purchased by the San Diego Padres.
January 18, 2021: Traded by the San Diego Padres with Hudson Head, Omar Cruz and Drake Fellows to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Joe Musgrove in a three-team deal; Endy Rodriguez sent from the New York Mets to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Joey Lucchesi sent from the San Diego Padres to the New York Mets.