Former Edenton Steamer, David Bednar, made his Major League debut September 1 for the San Diego Padres. Bednar entered in relief in the ninth inning, pitching one scoreless inning and allowing no hits or walks in the Padres 8-4 win over the San Francisco Giants.
Bednar was drafted in the 35th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Padres out Lafayette College. The right-hander spent the last four seasons in the minor leagues before his callup, accumulating a career 2.70 ERA with 303 strikeouts over 219 2/3 innings pitched. He had 14 saves and 86 strikeouts in his 58 innings pitched at AA this season at the time of his promotion.
WELCOME TO THE SHOW DAVID BEDNAR!!!!@david_bednar makes his MLB debut by working a 1-2-3 bottom of the 9th in the Padres 8-4 win over the SF Giants.— PITTSBURGH DIAMOND DAWGS BASEBALL (@PghDawgs) September 1, 2019
Video: 1st MLB strike 97mph#dreamcometrue #bigdawg #areyounext pic.twitter.com/4eTrbSh2w7
Bednar played during the 2015 summer for the Steamers, holding a 2.89 ERA 76 strikeouts across 53 innings pitched to earn both All-Star and All-CPL honors. He marks the 129th all-time former CPL player to make their major league debut and the 18th all-time for the Steamers franchise.
About Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball league. Heading into its 23rd season in 2019, the CPL features 16 franchises playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. To date, the CPL has had over 1,600 alumni drafted and 130 alums – including 2017 ALCS MVP, 2017 World Series champion, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, as well as 2017 NLCS MVP Chris Taylor – make their Major League debut. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.