David Bednar

David Bednar

29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Pittsburgh Pirates
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2024 Fantasy Outlook
Bednar established career-highs across multiple categories last season, including games played (66), innings pitched (67.1), ERA (2.00) and strikeouts (80). He more than doubled his previous career-high with 39 saves (T-2nd in the majors) and made his second straight All-Star team. Bednar was also top 8 among qualified relievers in both WPA (3.51) and gmLI (1.87). Perhaps most importantly, he stayed healthy all season. The combination of these factors should pay off for Bednar as his arbitration window begins and the Pirates become more competitive in the National League. Bednar's 83% team save share was 3rd-highest among closers last season and he enters 2024 with very high security due to the lack of competition within his own bullpen. His consistency from year to year makes him a bonafide top 10 closer with the ceiling to be top 5. The only thing holding him back is his strikeout and walk rates are above average, not quite elite. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a one-year, $4.51 million contract with the Pirates in January of 2024.
Wasn't available Saturday
PPittsburgh Pirates
Side
June 22, 2024
Bednar was unavailable for Saturday's 4-3 win over the Rays due to left side tightness, Andrew Destin of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
ANALYSIS
Bednar missed out on a save chance Saturday as Aroldis Chapman stepped up in the ninth to close out the win. Bednar's absence was planned after he felt the tightness during his pregame throwing program, but the injury isn't considered to be serious at this point. If he ends up missing more than just Saturday's game, expect Chapman to continue to see save chances.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
14
Last 5 Games
15
How many pitches does David Bednar generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does David Bednar generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2024
 
 
-34%
BAA vs LHP
2023
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-21%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .201 290 85 25 52 13 1 6
Since 2022vs Right .234 331 96 19 71 17 1 6
2024vs Left .180 66 16 4 11 4 0 4
2024vs Right .274 68 16 3 17 3 0 1
2023vs Left .220 135 39 12 26 5 1 1
2023vs Right .209 142 41 9 27 7 1 2
2022vs Left .188 89 30 9 15 4 0 1
2022vs Right .239 121 39 7 27 7 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-18%
ERA at Home
2024
 
 
-60%
ERA at Home
2023
 
 
-46%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-22%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 2.60 1.03 79.2 5 4 40 10.3 2.0 0.6
Since 2022Away 3.18 1.20 70.2 4 6 34 11.5 3.3 0.9
2024Home 3.12 0.92 17.1 2 1 9 6.8 1.0 0.0
2024Away 7.71 1.36 14.0 1 2 7 12.2 3.2 3.2
2023Home 2.57 1.11 35.0 1 1 22 11.3 2.1 0.5
2023Away 1.39 1.08 32.1 2 2 17 10.0 3.6 0.3
2022Home 2.30 0.99 27.1 2 2 9 11.2 2.6 1.0
2022Away 2.96 1.27 24.1 1 2 10 12.9 3.0 0.4
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Stat Review
How does David Bednar compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
4.57
 
K/9
9.2
 
BB/9
2.0
 
HR/9
1.4
 
Fastball
97.1 mph
 
ERA
5.17
 
WHIP
1.12
 
BABIP
.290
 
GB/FB
0.73
 
Left On Base
57.1%
 
Exit Velocity
82.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.5%
 
Spin Rate
2342 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
20.9%
 
Swinging Strike
13.6%
 
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Locked in as closer
PPittsburgh Pirates
February 14, 2024
Per Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com, manager Derek Shelton confirmed Wednesday that Bednar remains the Pirates' closer despite the recent signing of Aroldis Chapman.
ANALYSIS
It's hardly a surprise given Bednar has a 2.25 ERA over the past three seasons and recorded 39 saves in 2023, but the reassurance from Shelton is still good to hear. Even so, the right-hander could still end up ceding a few save chances here and there with a stronger setup option in the bullpen.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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When healthy, Bednar is one of the most secure closers in the league, as he has no competition for the role in Pittsburgh. However, just how long will he be pitching for the Pirates? With Bednar's arbitration window approaching, beginning in 2024, it will be interesting to see whether the rebuilding and typically cost-conscious team elects to trade the 28-year-old, or builds their bullpen around him. Bednar got off to a phenomenal start in 2022 and was one of the most dominant relievers in the league for two-and-half months. He mixed his 3 pitches successfully, with each producing a 30% whiff rate or higher. Bednar complements his 96.5 mph fastball with an excellent curve and a split-finger change that he threw primarily against left-handed hitters. Unfortunately, Bednar dealt with back issues for much of 2022, which eventually required an IL stint for nearly two months. As such, there's some risk in drafting him, especially since closing is no guarantee if he gets traded.
Bednar's rookie season was stellar overall, but he really flashed his upside after the All-Star break, posting a miniscule 1.05 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 35:7 K:BB over 25.2 innings. After allowing five home runs over the first two-and-a-half months of the season, the Pittsburgh native did not permit another long ball after June 16, a span of 35.2 innings. Armed with a 97-mph fastball, devastating curve and changeup - all of which held batters to a .204 average or below - Bednar impressed with a 16.9% SwStr% (T6th among qualified relievers), 32.5% strikeout rate (94th percentile) and 24.5% K-BB% (16th among qualified relievers). The 27-year-old finished the season with a 2.23 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, three wins, three saves and 13 holds over 61 appearances. Bednar should receive a good share of the Pirates' save opportunities, but will likely be deployed in the highest-leverage moments instead of closing exclusively.
It was easy to overlook Bednar in the Pirates' return for Joe Musgrove; he was a 35th-round pick in 2016 and struggled to a 6.75 ERA in his first 17.1 major-league innings with San Diego from 2019-20. The 26-year-old showed up to camp with his new team in 2021 and began opening eyes in the Grapefruit League, ultimately finishing with 18 strikeouts and only one walk allowed in 8.2 scoreless spring innings. The Pirates informed Bednar after his March 29 outing that he'd made the team (even with options remaining), and with his velocity ticking up in exhibition play all the way to 99 mph, it's now rather easy to draw the line to Bednar eventually being in the ninth inning for Pittsburgh. The Pirates' bullpen is completely unsettled, and if Bednar's spring dominance carries over into the regular season, he could separate from the pack quickly.
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Locks down 16th save
PPittsburgh Pirates
June 19, 2024
Bednar earned the save Wednesday against the Reds, pitching a perfect ninth inning to seal a 1-0 victory.
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Records 15th save
PPittsburgh Pirates
June 17, 2024
Bednar pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up the save against the Reds in Monday's 4-1 win.
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Serves up homer
PPittsburgh Pirates
June 15, 2024
Bednar allowed one earned run on one hit while striking out one Friday against the Rockies.
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Hangs on for save
PPittsburgh Pirates
June 11, 2024
Bednar picked up the save Tuesday against St. Louis, allowing a solo home run and a walk with two strikeouts during the ninth inning.
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Notches 13th save
PPittsburgh Pirates
June 8, 2024
Bednar earned the save in Friday's 3-0 win over the Twins, allowing one hit while logging a strikeout in a scoreless ninth inning.
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