Former Mars Area High School standout and right-handed pitcher David Bednar was traded on Monday night from the San Diego Padres to the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to a report from Dennis Lin of The Athletic.
San Diego sent prospects Omar Cruz, Hudson Head and Drake Fellows along with Bednar to Pittsburgh, while the Pirates sent veteran right-hander Joe Musgrove to San Diego. The Padres also sent reliever Joey Lucchesi to the Mets, who will in turn be sending their No. 14 ranked prospect, Endy Rodriguez to Pittsburgh, according to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com.
Bednar, a 26-year-old native of Valencia, Pennsylvania, was named a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Section team in 2012, his senior year at Mars.
He played college baseball for three seasons at Lafayette College, where he was an immediate starter for the Leopards. His senior year, Bednar led Lafayette’s regular starters in ERA, innings pitched, strikeouts and complete games.
Bednar was selected by San Diego in the 35th round of the 2016 MLB Draft. He spent the next three years navigating the Padres farm system and progressing from Low-A to Double-A in less than three years.
He made his MLB debut on Sept. 1, 2019 in San Francisco. There, he posted a scoreless ninth inning and secured an 8-4 win for the Padres.
This past season, Bednar appeared in four games for San Diego and posted a 7.11 ERA in 6 1/3 innings of work.
Athletic genes run in the Bednar family. Davids’s father Andy is a former MLB pitcher for the Padres, his brother Will pitches for Mississippi State and his sister is currently a junior at Mars who plays softball.