One of the Terps most recent baseball verbal commits resides just down the road in Bethesda and attends school at The Landon School.
His name is Randy Bednar, Jr., class of 2017, throws left and bats right. Bednar is ranked nationally at No. 105 for LHP's in his class. He stands roughtly 5-foot-11 tall and weighs 165 pounds, but he's growing more each day. Most scouts consider Bednar one of the top two lefty's in the 2017 class in the DMV.
His statistics from this season have been impressive. His pitching numbers read 4-0 record, 27 innings pitched, only three unearned runs allowed, while fanning 42 batters. That is better than a 1:5 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio. His fastball clocks in the mid to upper 80's while his curve and changeup hover in the 70's while using the corners of the plate beautifully.
Very good, right? Well, Randy's batting statistics may give the Terps coaches a tough decision come signing day. Is Randy going to pitch or play center field?
His hitting numbers are more remarkable for the season. Randy is hitting .452 on 28-62 at bats. He has one home run, 12 RBI's, 17 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 9 stolen bases and 12 base-on-balls. He has been clocked at 6.5 going down the line, which is very fast.
And Randy's fielding is all-conference level. He runs down fly balls with ease, no errors, and has thrown out three runners trying to score on sacrifice flies. Last week during the St. Paul's game, Randy chased down a ball in center field hit directly over his head with an impressive full out diving lunge.
A recent trip to Landon to see star pitcher was interrupted by rain. As the game was shortened by the umpires, his coach, Bill Reed, chatted for a short time. He was beaming about his star Bednar the player, but most importantly, the human being. He said Bednar was their undeniable leader, starting every game and playing every inning this year. His work habits naturally rub off on his teammates not only on the field, but in the classroom as well.
Bednar's coach is also his AP US History teacher, where he is equally pleased with this B+/A- student. What makes Bednar stand out from others is his humility among other natural admirable qualities, his coach said.
This young man has all of the right traits a coach would seek in a top player, and his future at College Park looks promising.
Bednar committed on August 14, 2014. His recruiting coordinator is Rob Vaughn.
He throws a sharp 12 to 6 curveball with a developing change up. Bednar's fastball topped out at 88 mph during a preseason tournament in Myrtle Beach.
Terps are looking at him as a pitcher/centerfielder.
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