FORT MYERS, Fla. – Owning 164 consecutive starts at seven different positions over the last three seasons at FGCU, versatile junior Brandon Bednar (Stuart, Fla./South Fork HS) became the second Eagle selected on the second day of the 2013 MLB Draft when he heard his name called in the seventh round with the 222nd pick by the San Francisco Giants on Friday.
Bednar and classmate Harrison Cooney (Vero Beach, Fla./Vero Beach HS) – a 6th round selection by the Los Angeles Angles – become the first pair of players in program history to be selected in the top 10 rounds in the same year. Bednar is the 14th player in the program’s 11-year history to be drafted and the fifth to be selected in the top 10 rounds.
San Francisco has now selected an FGCU product in the last two drafts after also taking right-hander Jason Forjet in the 31st round in 2012. A versatile player in the field and at the dish, Bednar earned his first career A-Sun All-Conference honor as a unanimous first team selection at second base this season. Making 43 starts at second base, 12 at shortstop and two more at third base, Bednar finished ninth in the A-Sun in batting average (.345), fifth in runs scored (51), second in hits (82) and fifth in doubles (17), numbers which also led the Eagles. Matching a team-best 46 RBI, he had a team-high 32 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI contests, establishing a 12-game hit streak and reaching base in 19 straight games during the season. Bednar was named an A-Sun “Top Returning Hitter” entering the season and tabbed the "Best Defensive Infielder" in the A-Sun by College Baseball Insider.
Bednar has made 164 consecutive starts, an impressive statistic due to coming in as an infielder behind the second base/shortstop duo of Mikel Alvarez and Stephen Wickens, who graduated as four-year starters in 2011 with a combined 575 hits. Bednar’s ability to play multiple positions allowed him to make 50 straight starts to close his freshman campaign before working his way into the middle infield for nearly all of his 57 starts as a sophomore and junior. Over his 165 starts, Bednar made 78 at second base, 40 at shortstop, 19 at third, two at first base and 26 over the three outfield spots.
Over 167 games played through three seasons, Bednar has a hit in 123 contests, including 65 multi-hit performances. A 2012 A-Sun All-Tournament team choice and A-Sun Preseason All-Conference pick prior to 2013, Bednar ranks sixth in the FGCU record books in at bats (661) and hits (206) while raking ninth in runs scored (119), seventh in triples (7) and 10th in total bases (251). Bednar owns a career .312 batting average with a .379 on-base percentage.
The Eagles finished the season with a 37-20 record and their 19-8 mark in A-Sun was good for second place in the regular season. Fans can get updates and information on FGCU baseball by visiting by following the team on twitter @FGCU_Baseball.