IP 69.333
ERA 5.192
WHIP 1.348
BB/9 5.322
SO/9 10.774
  • Full name William Ross Bednar
  • Born 06/13/2000 in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 230 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Mississippi State
  • Drafted in the 1st round (14th overall) by the San Francisco Giants in 2021 (signed for $3,650,000).
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    Bednar was trending in the right direction with both his fastball velocity and the efficiency with his delivery during his senior year of high school, but he suffered a shoulder injury and wound up making it to campus at Mississippi State. He impressed in a limited look during the shortened 2020 season, posting a 1.76 ERA in 15.1 innings with a fastball up into the mid 90s and three solid secondaries. His draft-eligible second season was delayed thanks to a neck injury, but since ramping up in late March, he’s been reliable, posting a 3.17 ERA through 12 starts and 71 innings, while striking out 109 batters (13.8 K/9) and walking 18 (2.3 BB/9). Bednar throws a fastball that sits in the 92-94 mph range and touches 97, but the pitch plays up and gets an impressive amount of whiffs, especially up in the zone. Both his slider and changeup have been swing-and-miss offerings for him this spring, though he’s relied much more heavily on the breaking ball. His slider is a mid-80s pitch with hard and tight bite that has good vertical action when he’s on top of the pitch and keeping it down, but it has flattened out at times when he leaves it up in the zone. Bednar’s changeup is a similar velocity, with arm-side running action and while it’s been effective in generating whiffs and limiting hard contact, he uses it less than 10% of the time. Bednar is physical with some effort in his delivery, but he’s filled up the strike zone this spring. His brother, David, is a reliever for the Pirates.

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  • RHP Will Bednar assigned to Eugene Emeralds from Giants Organization.
  • RHP Will Bednar assigned to Giants Organization from Eugene Emeralds.
  • RHP Will Bednar assigned to ACL Giants Orange from Eugene Emeralds.
  • RHP Will Bednar assigned to ACL Giants Orange from Eugene Emeralds.
  • RHP Will Bednar assigned to Eugene Emeralds from San Jose Giants.
  • Eugene Emeralds placed RHP Will Bednar on the 7-day injured list.

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