David Bednar Graduates From Youth to Leader

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - David Bednar's young career has been full of adjustments.

Not only was Bednar traded to Pittsburgh just as he cracked the major leagues, he had several adjustments while transitioning into an All-Star pitcher.

Bednar, a starter for his entire time at Lafayette College, just made his first professional start as the opener with Indianapolis last week in a rehab appearance. He was groomed from the beginning as a reliever in the San Diego organization.

“It was definitely an adjustment from going from college to pro ball,“ Bednar said. “It was mainly just the starter to reliever aspect. Thankfully, it was an easy transition. Once I figured out the routine, that was the tough part. It was how to find a routine for me and how to get to work in. You have to be ready t...



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The Cobra

It’s stating the obvious, but Bednar pitching the 9th the last month would have resulted in several more wins. A closer is even important on a struggling team.

I guess I never understood the thought process of a bad team not needing a closer. It would have felt great to win that game on Tuesday (as well as the games against St. Louis & Milwaukee the last few weeks). Those 1-2 extra wins a month, verses a waiver-wire pickup trying to close, builds momentum. Momentum this team sorely lacks heading into 2023.


I agree–especially a young, bad team needs a closer (and a strong 8th-inning guy). Winning breeds winning. I think that’s part of the reason Cardinals’ and Dodgers’ and Rays’ prospects so often become impact players–there is an expectation of success, which starts with actually winning ballgames. Speaking of which, I still can’t believe any GM would ever utter a sentence that includes “it’s not about winning and losing…”


Thinking towards this offseason and how we could reasonably improve given Nutting, and I really think an improved pen is the easiest way to winning. I know we all want a 100M plus payroll, but I think about our current roster plus 2-3 mil for perez to catch, ~5 mil for a setup/back of the pen arm and ~5 mil for a LHSP is probably a realistic offseason. With some natural improvement from young guys and not blowing so many late game leads, I could see a 70+ win team without too much squinting


When is he going to graduate from the DL?


They mentioned on TV last night in a couple of days…..🤷‍♂️





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