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David Bednar '16 pitches in the ninth inning for the San Diego Padres against the San Francisco Giants. Relief pitcher David Bednar ’17 closed out the game with three straight outs in his Major League Baseball debut for the San Diego Padres yesterday.

He was called up that morning from the AA Sod Poodles before setting down the San Francisco Giants in order in the 8-4 win.

The right-hander was a three-year starter for the Leopards before getting drafted in 2016 by the Padres in the 35th round.

Bednar had a 2.70 ERA the last four seasons in the minors, appearing in 159 games and striking out 303 over 219.2 innings. This season for the Sod Poodles, Bednar went 2-5 with a 2.95 ERA over 44 games and 58 innings pitched.

The Valencia, Pa., native led Lafayette in earned-run average (3.92), innings pitched (59 2/3), complete games (5), strikeouts (70), and batting average against (.241) during his junior year. His sophomore year, he started all 10 games he appeared in on the mound and allowed two runs or less in seven of his 10 starts. During his first-year campaign, he made nine starts on the mound, striking out a team-high 48 batters in 43.1 innings.

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  1. Joe Hindelang says:

    Congratulations to David Bednar for reaching the Big Leagues as a 35th round draft choice.

    Best wishes for a long, successful and healthy career!

    Joe Hindelang
    LC Baseball Coach 1982-90

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