Pirates relief ace David Bednar will be headed to Los Angeles later this month to represent the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2022 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
It’s the first ever selection for Bednar, who is now in his fourth Major League season and second with the Pirates. After coming over from the Padres in the trade that sent Joe Musgrove to San Diego, Bednar has emerged as the Pirates top bullpen arm for the past two seasons.
This year with the Bucs, Bednar has a 2.63 ERA in 34 appearances. His 15 saves are a career high, and Bednar has tied his career high with three wins so far on the season. In 41 innings out of the bullpen, Bednar has recorded 55 punch outs against just 12 walks.
Bednar of course is a native of Pittsburgh as the 27-year-old graduated from Mars Area High School. The Pirates honored Bednar after their 8-6 win over the Brewers, as manager Derek Shelton presented him with what else, but a 30-rack of Iron City Light Beer.
The biggest yinzer we know is headed to the All-Star Game! pic.twitter.com/RxtDbFBvq0
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 10, 2022
Bednar is the only player who has been officially named to the All-Star game, but the Pirates could get another one of their players into the game as a replacement, if necessary.