Bednar collected his seventh hold in Friday's 4-1 win over the Mets, walking one batter in a scoreless eighth inning. He struck out one batter.
Bednar, who threw 14 of 21 pitches for strikes, appeared in a spot typically reserved for Kyle Crick (who did not pitch). The right-hander figures to get an opportunity to close games out if and when the team trades Richard Rodriguez by the deadline.
Bednar (2-1) allowed two hits in a scoreless inning and earned the win over the Mets on Sunday.
The 26-year-old benefited from Pittsburgh pulling ahead in the top of the ninth, which put him in line for the win. Bednar hasn't seen a ton of high-leverage work for a struggling team, but he's pitched reasonably well with a 3.09 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 42:12 K:BB across 35 innings. The right-hander has added six holds and a blown save in 39 appearances.
Bednar has registered a 2.35 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 8:3 K:BB in 7.2 innings.
He's kept opponents scoreless in nine of 10 outings, picking up a pair of holds. The righty's throwing his fastball hard (96.7 mph) and often (60.3 percent). Pittsburgh has developed a pecking order that typically features Kyle Crick in the eighth inning and Richard Rodriguez in the ninth, but Bednar is showing that his spring training effectiveness was no fluke. Should the team trade Crick or Rodriguez, the 26-year-old figures to get a late-inning look. He did pitch the ninth inning of Sunday's win in Minnesota in a four-run game.
Bednar allowed two earned runs on two hits (both solo homers) and no walks in one inning of Wednesday's 11-4 loss to Cincinnati. He struck out two batters.
In an effort to get him some work, Bednar entered Wednesday's game with his team already down, 9-0, in the eighth inning. He's only allowed 10 home runs in 219.2 minor-league innings, but has given up six in just 20.1 major-league frames -- something to keep an eye on.
Bednar pitched a scoreless inning in a 5-3 win over the Cubs on Thursday. He struck out two without allowing a hit or walk en route to his first hold.
The righty appeared in the seventh inning to protect a 5-2 lead, ahead of Chris Stratton (eighth inning) and Rich Rodriguez (ninth inning) with Kyle Crick (personal) away from the team. Bednar's fine outing represents a carryover from his impressive spring and while he didn't close out Thursday's game, he's definitely got closer-worthy stuff.
Bednar has officially won a spot in the Pirates' Opening Day bullpen, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Bednar has options remaining, so he could have been sent to the minors so the Pirates could keep other options in the organization. He forced the team's hand with a dominant spring, however, striking out 18 batters and walking just one in 8.2 scoreless innings. That's the kind of performance that could push him into a high-leverage role this season given the Pirates' lack of proven bullpen options, though he hasn't looked anything close to a high-leverage option in his 17.1 major-league innings thus far in his career, struggling to a 6.75 ERA.
Bednar has yet to allow an earned run in seven spring innings, yielding two hits and one walk while striking out 13.
The 26-year-old, acquired in the Joe Musgrove trade, has seen a tick up in his fastball velocity and hit 99 mph in his last outing. He could move into a high-leverage situation if he continues to execute at his current level, but the team has several other relievers out of options. As a result, it's possible that Bednar could be optioned to Triple-A at the beginning of 2021, even though he's throwing as well as anyone in the bullpen.
Bednar walked one batter and struck out a pair in a scoreless inning Sunday against Baltimore.
The righty, acquired in the Joe Musgrove deal, has not allowed a run in three spring innings. He's yet to give up a hit, walking one while striking out seven. His strong start has put him in the mix for a bullpen spot and possibly even closer discussions at some point in 2021. The 26-year-old has done well with a 97-mph fastball and sharp-breaking curve.
Bednar was traded from the Padres to the Pirates on Monday as part of a three-team trade that sent Joe Musgrove to the Padres and Joey Lucchesi to the Mets, source reports.
Bednar is part of a large package of players heading to Pittsburgh as part of the deal. The 26-year-old righty is arguably one of the less interesting pieces in the deal, as he owns a 6.75 ERA in 17.1 career innings at the highest level.
Bednar was optioned to the alternate training site Wednesday.
The 25-year-old has been recalled and optioned numerous times throughout the season, and he'll return to the alternate training site after spending the past couple days in the majors. Bednar has surrendered five runs on 11 hits with a 5:2 K:BB over 6.1 innings this season.
Bednar was recalled from the Padres' alternate training site Monday.
Bednar has been up and down between the big club and the alternate site multiple times during the campaign, most recently before and after serving as the 29th man for a doubleheader last week. He has pitched 6.1 innings this season, allowing five earned runs on 11 hits and two walks while striking out five.
The Padres recalled Bednar from their alternate training site Thursday.
He'll join the Padres as the 29th man for the team's doubleheader Thursday against the Mariners. The right-handed reliever has made three appearances for San Diego in 2020, giving up three earned runs on seven hits and a walk over 4.1 innings.
The Padres optioned Bednar to their alternate training site Sunday.
Outfielder/first baseman Josh Naylor was recalled from the alternate site in a corresponding move. Bednar was unlikely to be available out of the San Diego bullpen for the next two days anyway after working two innings in relief during Saturday's 7-6 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Bednar was recalled from the Padres' alternate training site Saturday.
Bednar was demoted to alternate camp in early August, but he'll return to the Padres' bullpen after Kirby Yates (elbow) was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday. Bednar allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and no walks while striking out one over 2.1 innings to begin the season. He should pitch mainly in low-leverage situations.
Bednar was optioned to the Padres' alternate training site Tuesday.
Bednar made the Padres' Opening Day roster but appeared just twice, allowing two runs (one earned) in 2.1 innings of work. Highly rated prospect Luis Patino will take his place in the bullpen.
Bednar is included on the Padres' 30-man roster.
Bednar had been on the bubble for a spot on the active roster, and the Padres confirmed his spot with the big-league club Thursday. The right-hander posted a 6.55 ERA and 1.36 ERA over 11 innings in his first major-league stint last season, though five of the eight earned runs he allowed came in his final outing.
Bednar is likely to open the season with Triple-A El Paso if he doesn't make the Padres' Opening Day roster, Bill Center of FriarWire reports.
Bednar spent most of last season with Double-A Amarillo, posting a 2.95 ERA and racking up 14 saves in 15 chances while compiling an 86:18 K:BB over 58 innings. That earned the right-hander a late-season callup to the big club, during which he gave up eight earned runs over 11 frames. Bednar was more effective than those numbers indicate, however; five of the earned runs he allowed came in a disastrous final outing, and he posted an impressive 29.2 percent strikeout rate overall. A deep and crowded San Diego relief corps could prevent Bednar from opening the campaign in the big leagues, but he figures to be one of the first options should the Padres need a bullpen arm along the way.
|Last 7 Games|
|07/23||@ SF||W 6-4||1.0||0||0||1||1|
|07/21||@ ARI||L 4-6||1.0||0||0||1||2|
|07/18||vs NYM||L 6-7||1.0||1||0||0||2|
|07/16||vs NYM||W 4-1||1.0||0||0||1||1|
|07/11||@ NYM||W 6-5||1||1.0||2||0||0||0|
|07/10||@ NYM||W 6-2||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|07/06||vs ATL||W 2-1||1.0||0||0||1||1|
|More Pitching Stats|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2016||ASX-Tri-City Dust Devils||10.0||8||0||0||1||0||2||15||0||7||0.00||0.700|
|2016||AFX-Fort Wayne TinCaps||21.0||15||0||0||3||4||2||25||4||20||3.43||1.143|
|2017||AFX-Fort Wayne TinCaps||33.2||24||0||0||1||1||9||50||11||18||1.90||0.874|
|2017||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||27.2||21||0||0||0||3||2||31||9||27||3.64||1.324|
|2018||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||69.1||47||0||0||2||4||10||96||29||65||2.73||1.360|
|2019||AAX-Amarillo Sod Poodles||58.0||44||0||0||2||5||14||86||18||49||2.95||1.155|