David Bednar

RP · Pittsburgh Pirates

Bats L Throws R
Height 6'1" Weight 220
DOB 1994-10-10 Age 29.5
2024 Fantasy Rankings

NFBC ADP (15-team): 6.12, 87th

Season Projections

Draft Buddy352.06265.03331027821558225233.181.17
THE BAT344.35860.52232037018516325243.471.13

ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Draft Buddy projections by Mike MacGregor. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

Fantasy Baseball News Last 90 Days

  • David Bednar Records Second Save Friday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates closer David Bednar locked down the ninth inning for his second save of the season on Friday in a 5-2 win over the Phillies. After blowing three save opportunities already in the early going, manager Derek Shelton stayed true to his word that Bednar would still be the one he'd call on if a save opportunity arose in Philadelphia, and Bednar answered the call by pitching a clean inning. The 29-year-old didn't allow a hit or a walk and struck out one in the appearance. Hopefully the righty is back on track now. The Pirates (10-4) are a surprisingly competitive team thus far so they'll need Bednar to lock down more games for them. He did so last season for them 39 times to the tune of a 2.00 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and a 21.3% K-BB%. So far in 2024, he holds a 10.13 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 23.1% K-BB%.

    Apr 13 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar
  • David Bednar In Line For Save Chance On Thursday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton said on 93.7 The Fan that right-hander David Bednar would still be the closer if a save situation arises on Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies in the series opener. After missing some time in spring training due to a lat injury, Bednar hasn't looked like himself in the early going in 2024 and has already blown three saves while giving up six earned runs on six hits (one home run) while walking one and fanning six in 4 1/3 innings. The 29-year-old two-time All-Star's command just isn't where he needs it to be right now, but it's good news for his fantasy managers that Shelton isn't panicking just yet. The fact that Bednar has been one of the best closers in baseball the last couple years has bought him a longer leash, but if his struggles continue, lefty Aroldis Chapman could start seeing some save chances.

    Apr 11 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar
  • David Bednar Implodes In Tuesday's Loss

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    Pittsburgh Pirates closer David Bednar blew Tuesday's save in the 5-3 loss to the visiting Detroit Tigers, imploding for four runs on three hits and one walk while recording only one out. Summoned in the ninth inning to protect a 3-1 lead, Bednar spoiled a gem by starter Martin Perez after allowing a leadoff walk to Riley Greene, three RBI singles, and a hit by pitch before Roansy Contreras took over to retire the next two batters. After taking the loss, Bednar's ERA ballooned to 12.46 to go with a 1.62 WHIP over his 4 1/3 innings of work this year. The 29-year-old All-Star right-hander should have a considerable leash as Pittsburgh's closer after leading the National League with 39 saves a year ago, but it can't help his cause that setup man Aroldis Chapman has rattled off 4 1/3 scoreless frames with eight strikeouts to begin the campaign. It wouldn't hurt fantasy managers to see if Chapman is available on waiver wires.

    Apr 9 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar
  • David Bednar Nabs First Save Of Season

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    Pittsburgh Pirates closer David Bednar threw a perfect ninth inning in a 7-4 win over the Washington Nationals to secure his first save of the season. Bednar had his stuff working in this one, striking out a pair while not allowing a baserunner. Although the Pirates are 6-1 so far, Bednar has only had two save opportunities and he blew his other one, so it was nice to see him convert here. If the Pirates continue to play well, Bednar could come close to his whopping 39-save season from last year. He is an elite option in fantasy.

    Apr 5 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar
  • David Bednar Blows Save, Hunter Stratton Locks It Down In Extras

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    Pittsburgh Pirates closer David Bednar wasn't able to hold back the Miami Marlins on Sunday, blowing the save in what turned out to be a 9-7 victory. Bednar was tasked with holding onto a one-run lead, but gave up a one-out solo homer to Nick Gordon. That was the only baserunner he allowed in his inning of work, and he also struck out a pair, so it wasn't all bad for the 29-year-old. Hunter Stratton picked up the save an inning later, but the job should still belong to Bednar, who was stellar in the role last year.

    Apr 1 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar Hunter Stratton
  • David Bednar Tosses Scoreless Inning In Saturday's Win

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    Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander David Bednar (lat) struck out one over a scoreless inning in Saturday's 9-3 win over the Miami Marlins. Bednar was unavailable for Opening Day due to a lat injury but made his season debut on Saturday. The southpaw looked sharp, needing just 14 pitches to make quick work of the Marlins. The 29-year-old remains Pittsburgh's primary closer after racking up 39 saves in 2023. In the team's only save opportunity this season, the Pirates turned to Jose Hernandez, but Bednar was unavailable in the Opening Day win over Miami. With Bednar back on the mound, fantasy managers can safely start him in all leagues.

    Mar 30 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar
  • David Bednar Making Spring Debut Thursday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates closer David Bednar (lat) is making his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday against the Toronto Blue Jays. The 29-year-old reliever came down with lat tightness earlier this month, which is why he hasn't pitched in a Grapefruit League game until Thursday. Now that he's getting into spring training action, he's optimistic that he'll be ready for Opening Day on March 28 next Thursday, but there's a chance that the Pirates ease him in early in the year to avoid overworking him on back-to-back days. Regardless, Bednar has proven to be one of the best relievers in the game the last two years and led the league in saves in 2023 with 39. Despite pitching for the Pirates, Bednar should be considered a top-10 fantasy closer.

    Mar 21 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar
  • David Bednar "Optimistic" He'll Be Ready For Opening Day

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    Pittsburgh Pirates closer David Bednar (lat) threw live batting practice on Monday and said that his next step is likely to appear in games. "I'm staying day-by-day as much as I possibly can," Bednar said. "But each day has been feeling good. I'm optimistic." Bednar has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game this spring due to right-lat soreness, but he's optimistic that he'll be ready by Opening Day next Thursday on March 28. When healthy, he's a top-10 fantasy closer, as he's been one of the best relievers in the game the last two years. He was 3-3 with a career-best 2.00 ERA with a league-high 39 saves and 80 strikeouts in 67 1/3 innings in 2023. The Pirates could be conservative with Bednar early on, perhaps not using him on back-to-back days, instead using lefty veteran Aroldis Chapman in those spots.

    Mar 21 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar Aroldis Chapman
  • David Bednar To Throw A Bullpen On Friday

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    Pittsburgh Pirates closer David Bednar (lat) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session in camp on Friday. Bednar felt some right-lat tightness at spring training earlier this month, and his mound session on Friday will be his first time throwing since the injury cropped up. The 29-year-old right-hander has yet to debut in a spring training game this year because of the injury, but because he's a reliever and not a starter, he still has ample time to prepare to be ready for Opening Day at the end of March. Despite pitching for the lowly Pirates, Bednar is considered a top-10 fantasy closer, and that shouldn't change unless it's announced that he's going to start the year on the injured list. If Bednar misses any time in 2024 due to injury, veteran left-hander Aroldis Chapman would likely take over closing duties for the Bucs.

    Mar 15 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar
  • David Bednar Improving From Lat Tightness

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    Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton reported on Sunday that everything went well after closer David Bednar (lat) played catch for a second straight day. Bednar continues to deal with lat tightness after Pittsburgh shut the right-hander down from throwing last Monday, but the Pirates just seem to be taking a cautious route with their All-Star stopper this spring after he led the National League with 39 saves a year ago and attained a 2.00 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 80:21 K:BB during 67 1/3 innings. While Bednar doesn't appear to be facing any kind of lengthy absence to start the year, setup man Aroldis Chapman should probably stay rostered in fantasy leagues in the meantime just to be safe. Bednar may not be getting selected as a top-tier closing option but is a fairly safe bet at his 91.2 Yahoo ADP, while Chapman is worth a speculative flier in all settings until Bednar is fully healthy.

    Mar 11 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar
  • David Bednar Hopes To Be Back Soon

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    The Pittsburgh Pirates and closer David Bednar (lat) are playing it safe in spring training and he's currently not throwing, but the good news is he doesn't seem too worried about the severity of his injury. "Hopefully will be back soon," Bednar said. Manager Derek Shelton said on Sunday that Bednar is dealing with right-lat tightness after feeling it the other day in his throwing program. The Pirates will continue to monitor it, and fantasy managers should do the same. There's still several weeks before Opening Day, but as a precaution, Bednar may be forced to open the season on the injured list, which would pave the way for veteran left-hander Aroldis Chapman to take over closing duties in his first year with the club. Despite pitching for the lowly Pirates, Bednar has easily been a top-10 fantasy closer the last two seasons.

    Mar 4 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar
  • David Bednar Dealing With Injury

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    Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher David Bednar (lat) appears to have suffered an injury while throwing this week. Pirates' manager Derek Shelton mentioned that Bednar is currently dealing with right lat tightness. It doesn't sound like the organization is concerned about Bednar missing time due to the issue. The Pirates will monitor the issue, but Bednar has plenty of time to get healthy before Opening Day. Fantasy managers shouldn't be concerned about Bednar's health heading into April.

    Mar 3 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar
  • David Bednar Still The Closer For Pirates

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    Despite the offseason addition of left-handed reliever Aroldis Chapman and his seven All-Star selections, Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander David Bednar remains the team's primary closer heading into the 2024 season. Bednar, who has been an All-Star each of the last two years himself, received a call from manager Derek Shelton after Chapman's signing, reassuring him of his role. The 29-year-old has saved 58 games while posting a strong 2.27 ERA in 111 appearances for Pittsburgh the last two years. His 39 saves in 2023 were more than double the previous year and were tied for second in the majors. Bednar's role remains pretty secure despite the presence of Chapman, and he's still a top-10 fantasy closer, even though the Pirates are one of the weaker teams in baseball.

    Mar 1 · Source via Closers Pittsburgh Pirates David Bednar
  • Pitching Stats

    2024 ATC343.35961.93330027420528224223.121.14
    2024 Draft Buddy352.06265.03331027821558225233.181.17
    2024 Steamer363.26868.04332037824588329273.601.21
    2024 THE BAT344.35860.52232037018516325243.471.13
    2024 Zeile348.06364.0333112762153000243.381.16

    Historic stats obtained free of charge from and are copyrighted by Retrosheet. ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Draft Buddy projections by Mike MacGregor. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.


    4vs BOS, at NYM1.721.200000312003316.201.80
    3at PHI, vs DET0.321.101110113024427.003.00
    2vs BAL, at WAS11.022.00011030200114.501.00
    1at MIA14.022.01001030110114.500.50


    27vs MIA, at PHI16.332.10120051100100.000.86
    26at CIN, at CHC10.022.00010032210229.002.00
    25vs NYY, vs WAS28.033.00030042300100.001.67
    24at ATL, vs MIL21.033.00020040100000.000.33
    23at STL, at KC26.033.00030020201100.000.67
    22vs CHC, vs STL18.033.00020020310113.001.00
    21at MIN, at NYM16.322.10020011300113.861.71
    20vs CIN, vs ATL11.033.001210325004412.002.33
    19at MIL, vs DET11.033.00011020200113.000.67
    18vs PHI, at SD23.733.20020074301112.451.91
    17at LAA, vs CLE18.022.00020022001000.001.00
    16vs SF4.721.20000030100000.000.60
    15at ARI, at LAD21.033.31110053300200.001.50
    14vs SD11.311.10010031000000.000.75
    13at MIA, vs CHC14.034.00010032200100.001.00
    12at MIL0.710.20000000100000.001.50
    11vs NYM7.321.100100104002213.503.00
    10vs STL, at SF36.044.00040040300000.000.75
    9at SEA, vs TEX5.033.00000040210226.000.67
    8vs ARI2.011.00000010100000.001.00
    7at BAL, vs COL4.022.00000020300000.001.50
    6vs TOR3.011.00000020000000.000.00
    5at WAS, vs LAD12.022.00010030000000.000.00
    4vs CIN, at COL37.044.00040050200004.760.88
    3at STL, vs HOU24.033.020010213002110.381.85
    2vs CWS, at BOS29.033.00030050200001.800.80
    1at CIN10.011.00010020100003.000.67


    Apr 21vs BOSL 1-62.01.00000010000000.000.00
    Apr 17at NYML 1-9-0.30.200000212003340.504.50
    Apr 12at PHIW 5-29.01.00010010000000.000.00
    Apr 9vs DETL 3-5-8.70.1010100130244108.0012.00
    Apr 6vs BALW 5-41.01.00001010200119.002.00
    Apr 4at WASW 7-410.01.00010020000000.000.00
    Mar 31at MIAW 9-712.01.01001020110119.001.00
    Mar 30at MIAW 9-32.01.00000010000000.000.00


    Oct 1vs MIAW 3-010.01.00010020000000.000.00
    Sep 28at PHIW 3-210.01.00010021000000.001.00
    Sep 26at PHIL 2-3-3.70.10100010100100.003.00
    Sep 22at CINW 7-59.01.00010012000000.002.00
    Sep 21at CHCW 8-61.01.000000202102218.002.00
    Sep 17vs NYYW 3-211.01.00010030100000.001.00
    Sep 14vs WASW 2-08.01.00010000000000.000.00
    Sep 13vs WASW 7-69.01.00010012200100.004.00
    Sep 9at ATLW 8-43.01.00000020000000.000.00
    Sep 6vs MILW 5-410.01.00010020100000.001.00
    Sep 4vs MILW 4-28.01.00010000000000.000.00
    Sep 2at STLW 7-69.01.00010010101000.001.00
    Sep 1at STLW 4-28.01.00010000000100.000.00
    Aug 30at KCW 4-19.01.00010010100000.001.00
    Aug 25vs CHCW 2-18.01.00010010110119.001.00
    Aug 24vs CHCL 4-51.01.00000000100000.001.00
    Aug 22vs STLW 6-39.01.00010010100000.001.00
    Aug 19at MINW 7-47.31.10010001200116.752.25
    Aug 15at NYMW 7-49.01.00010010100000.001.00
    Aug 13vs CINW 4-210.01.00010020100000.001.00
    Aug 8vs ATLL 6-8-6.01.001010123003327.005.00
    Aug 7vs ATLW 7-67.01.00010000100119.001.00
    Aug 5at MILL 2-30.01.00001000200119.002.00
    Aug 4at MILW 8-41.01.00000000000000.000.00
    Aug 1vs DETW 4-110.01.00010020000000.000.00
    Jul 30vs PHIW 6-43.01.00000021000000.001.00
    Jul 29vs PHIW 7-611.71.20010031200000.001.80
    Jul 26at SDW 3-29.01.00010022101119.003.00
    Jul 22at LAAW 3-09.01.00010012001000.002.00
    Jul 19vs CLEW 7-59.01.00010010000000.000.00
    Jul 16vs SFL 4-82.01.00000010000000.000.00
    Jul 15vs SFL 1-32.70.20000020100000.001.50
    Jul 9at ARIW 4-210.01.00010021000000.001.00
    Jul 8at ARIL 2-3-2.71.10100011200200.002.25
    Jul 4at LADW 9-713.71.21000021100000.001.20
    Jun 29vs SDW 5-411.31.10010031000000.000.75
    Jun 24at MIAL 3-42.02.00000002100100.001.50
    Jun 23at MIAW 3-110.01.00010020000000.000.00
    Jun 21vs CHCL 3-82.01.00000010100000.001.00
    Jun 18at MILL 2-50.70.20000000100000.001.50
    Jun 11vs NYMW 2-19.01.00010010100000.001.00
    Jun 9vs NYMW 14-7-1.70.100000003002254.009.00
    Jun 4vs STLW 2-19.01.00010010100000.001.00
    Jun 3vs STLW 4-38.01.00010000100000.001.00
    Jun 2vs STLW 7-59.01.00010010100000.001.00
    May 30at SFW 2-110.01.00010020000000.000.00
    May 28at SEAL 3-62.01.00000010000000.000.00
    May 27at SEAL 0-52.01.00000010000000.000.00
    May 22vs TEXW 6-41.01.000000202102218.002.00
    May 20vs ARIL 3-42.01.00000010100000.001.00
    May 14at BALW 4-03.01.00000020200000.002.00
    May 10vs COLL 3-41.01.00000000100000.001.00
    May 5vs TORL 0-43.01.00000020000000.000.00
    Apr 29at WASW 6-310.01.00010020000000.000.00
    Apr 27vs LADW 6-22.01.00000010000000.000.00
    Apr 23vs CINW 2-010.01.00010020100000.001.00
    Apr 21vs CINW 4-29.01.00010010000000.000.00
    Apr 20vs CINW 4-39.01.00010010000000.000.00
    Apr 18at COLW 5-39.01.00010010100000.001.00
    Apr 16at STLL 4-51.01.00000000100000.001.00
    Apr 15at STLW 6-312.01.01000010000000.000.00
    Apr 11vs HOUW 7-411.01.01001011200219.003.00
    Apr 9vs CWSW 1-010.01.00010020100000.001.00
    Apr 4at BOSW 4-19.01.00010010000000.000.00
    Apr 3at BOSW 7-610.01.00010020100000.001.00
    Mar 30at CINW 5-410.01.00010020100000.001.00
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