Only if you follow MLB closely, you probably know David Bednar: since playing with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he probably doesn’t get the kind of press he deserves.
He’s the closest to the Bucs and he’s one of the best relievers in baseball.
Bednar came to the Pirates in the Joe Musgrove trade with the San Diego Padres and New York Mets (it was a three-team trade).
He’s done nothing but dominate since donning a Pirates jersey.
“Last calendar year, lowest ERA in MLB: 1.07 – David Bednar, Pirates 1.41 – Ryan Helsley, STL 1.42 – Josh Hader, MIL 1.51 – Blake Treinen, LAD 1.58 – Emmanuel Clase , CLE 1.65 – Camilo Doval, SF 1.67 – Dominic Leone, SF (since 2021-06-17, min. 40 IP),” tweeted Pirates broadcast team member Joe Block.
Last calendar year, lowest ERA in MLB:
1.07 – David Bednar, Pirates
1.41 – Ryan Helsley, STL
1.42 – Josh Hader, MIL
1.51 – Blake Treinen, DAL
1.58 – Emmanuel Clase, CLE
1.65 – Camilo Doval, SF
1.67 – Dominic Leone, SF
(since 06/17/2021, min. 40 PI)
— Joe Block (@joe_block) June 17, 2022
For every nine innings Bednar pitched in the past calendar year, he allowed a meager 1.07 runs.
It’s an incredible stroke prevention feat.
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A pitcher can’t be as good at preventing runs if he doesn’t miss a lot of sticks.
This is the case of Bednar: he is very good at swinging and missing hitters.
This season, for example, his strikeout percentage is 35.6 percent in 31.2 frames, a rate well above average.
His ERA is an excellent 1.14.
Bednar is 27 years old and controllable for several more seasons, which makes his commercial value very high.
Should the Pirates decide to capitalize on this value right now, there are sure to be plenty of teams interested.
However, it’s very unlikely that he’ll be traded this year or next: the Pirates should probably try to extend him in a few years, and if they fail in their attempt, they’ll probably explore the possibility of buying him.
They’re not very good as a team, but Bednar is one of their best players.
They’re not going to give it away.