Bednar Called Up in San Diego Padres Organization
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. – Former Lafayette baseball pitcher David Bednar was recently called up to the San Diego Padres’ High A Affiliate, the Lake Elsinore Storm in the California League.
The Padres drafted Bednar in the 35th round of the 2016 draft and he has been playing with the Fort Wayne Tincaps in the Midwest League to start his professional career. He was the first Leopard to be drafted since Ian Dickson in 2011.
Bednar showcased his talents in the Padres’ minor league system this past season. He spent time with the Fort Wayne TinCaps in Class A and the Tri-City Dust Devils in Class A short season. Over that time, he made 23 appearances out of the pen, striking out 40 batters in 31 innings of work. He ended his first season with a 2.32 ERA and only walked four of the 126 batters he faced.
Prior to being drafted by the Padres during last year’s MLB draft, Bednar accumulated a 3.79 ERA in 29 career starts with 188 strikeouts on College Hill, which ranks third all-time at Lafayette. He threw eight complete games and picked up seven wins while holding the opposition to a .223 average at the plate.