July 18, 2017
By: Erica Rose
The San Diego Padres drafted former Lafayette baseball pitcher David Bednar in 2016 in the 35th round, and so far things have been going his way. Bednar, left his mark in a Leopard’s uniform, with a 3.79 ERA in 29 career starts, striking out 188, which ranks third all-time at Lafayette; and now he seems to be doing the same in the Midwest.
Bednar was recently called up to the San Diego Padres’ High A Affiliate, the Lake Elsinore Storm in the California League. Bednar moves up from the Fort Wayne Tincaps, which is in Class A, he also saw some playing time with the Tri City Dust Devils in Class A short season. During his time on both teams, he made 23 appearances, striking out 40 batters in 31 innings. He only walked four of the 126 batters he faced, finishing his first season with a 2.32 ERA (pretty impressive!)
Keep in mind there, he still has a long way to go before he could possibly step foot in the majors, but so far he seems to be headed in the right direction.
** Bednar was the first Leopard drafted since Ian Dickson in 2011**