With the 14th overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, the San Francisco Giants have selected William Bednar, a pitcher out of Mississippi State.
Bednar has a solid four pitch mix, with a fastball that floats around 93-95 MPH. His curveball sits around 75-77 MPH, and he has a good obvious command over it. The red shirt senior’s best and most consistent pitch, however, is his slider, which sits in the mid 80’s. All of Bednar’s pitches have an impressive spin rate, and just watching him on the mound you can tell he calculates every single one.
While his resilience is good, he has been known to give up the long ball more often than not. His mechanics need some ironing out too, with a clunky and complex delivery that could hinder his speed going forward. You don’t get named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2021 College World Series for nothing, and Bednar’s raw talent is certainly on full display. With a high floor, once these little improvements are made he has the potential to fly through the minor leagues and land as a solid middle of the rotation pitcher.