Fun facts about SF Giants top pick Will Bednar
5. He had a 4.0 GPA in high school
While his brother was far from a top recruit, Will started showing professional potential at a much earlier age. For most of his life, Will tagged along with his father and brother to various tournaments or showcases they were participating in, but before long, he was the star of the show. After hitting 91 mph as a sophomore, Bednar received several offers from Division-I schools and committed to The Ohio State University. Then, after touching 95 mph as a junior, Mississippi State made him an offer that led him to change his mind.
Bednar missed the majority of his senior season with a shoulder sprain, something his father attributed to reaching such premium velocities at such a young age. Still, Hail State was undeterred and was happy to bring him aboard. It did not take him long to make a strong impression, earning Freshman All-American honors from the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Yet, even though his future on the baseball field seemed obvious, that did not keep him from focusing in the classroom. Bednar finished high school with a 4.0 GPA at Mars Area and earned high honors all four years. Then, he went on to pursue a business administration degree at Mississippi State.
When the SF Giants selected Will Bednar with the 14th overall pick, it was the highest pick the franchise had used on a pitcher since 2014. Needless to say, the organization believes they have drafted a future starter at the big-league level. Only time will tell whether he reaches those lofty expectations.