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Joseph Carlo Biagini (born May 29, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Joe Biagini
Joe Biagini 2016.jpg
Biagini with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2016
Houston Astros – No. 29
Born: (1990-05-29) May 29, 1990 (age 29)
Redwood City, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 8, 2016, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
(through September 21, 2019)
Win–loss record14–24
Earned run average4.87
Career highlights and awards
  • Pitched a combined no-hitter (August 3, 2019)

High school and collegeEdit

Biagini attended The King's Academy in Sunnyvale, California. After the graduation, he attended the College of San Mateo and later the University of California, Davis.[1][2] While attending the College of San Mateo in 2010, Biagini underwent Tommy John surgery.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Minor leaguesEdit

The San Francisco Giants selected Biagini in the 26th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.[2] He made his professional debut with the Class-A Augusta GreenJackets in 2012. In nine starts with the team, he pitched to a 0–4 win–loss record, 7.41 earned run average (ERA), and 36 strikeouts in 34 innings.[2] He was demoted to the Short Season-A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in June, where he made 14 appearances (12 starts) and pitched to a 2–4 record, 4.27 ERA, and 63 strikeouts in 59 innings.[2] Biagini played the entire 2013 season with the GreenJackets, pitching 96​23 total innings in 20 starts. He posted a 7–6 record, 5.03 ERA, and 79 strikeouts.[2]

In 2014, Biagini was promoted to the Advanced-A San Jose Giants, and made 23 starts for the team, finishing the year with a 10–9 record, 4.01 ERA, and 103 strikeouts in 128 innings pitched.[2] He would play the entire 2015 season with the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels and threw a career-high 130​13 innings over 23 appearances (22 starts). Biagini finished the season with a 10–7 win-loss record, 2.42 ERA, and 84 strikeouts.[2] On December 10, 2015, Biagini was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the Rule 5 draft.[4]

Major LeaguesEdit

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

On March 30, 2016, manager John Gibbons announced that Biagini had made the Opening Day roster, and would pitch out of the bullpen.[5] He made his Major League debut on April 8, pitching a perfect 9th inning against the Boston Red Sox, and struck out David Ortiz for his first career strikeout.[6] He earned his first win on May 3, pitching a perfect 10th inning in an eventual 3–1 walk-off victory over the Texas Rangers.[7] On May 19, Biagini earned his first save, pitching the 11th inning in a 3–2 win over the Minnesota Twins.[8] Biagini did not yield a home run until September 3, when Kevin Kiermaier of the Tampa Bay Rays hit a two-run shot in a 7–5 loss for the Blue Jays.[9] Biagini finished his first MLB season with a 4–3 record, 3.06 ERA, and 62 strikeouts in 67​23 innings pitched.[10]

Biagini began the 2017 season in the Blue Jays' bullpen. With injuries and ineffective performances in Toronto's starting rotation, Biagini made his first career start on May 7 and held Tampa Bay to a single unearned run on two hits in four innings, leading the Blue Jays to a 2–1 victory.[11][12] From May to early July, Biagini made 11 starts filling in for the injured Aaron Sanchez and Francisco Liriano. He was then moved back to the bullpen.[13] On August 4, Biagini was optioned to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.[14] He returned to the major leagues, and the rotation, on August 27, allowing 5 runs over 3​23 innings in a 7–2 loss to the Minnesota Twins.[15] On September 1, in a game against the Baltimore Orioles, Biagini had his best start as a Blue Jay to date, throwing 7 shutout innings and striking out a career-high 10 batters, though Toronto would eventually lose 1–0 in the 13th.[16] Biagini finished the season splitting time between the rotation and the bullpen, finishing with a record of 3-13 in 44 games, 18 starts. In ​119 23 innings, he struck out 97.

Following the signing of Jaime García to be their fifth starter, the Blue Jays optioned Biagini to Buffalo to begin the 2018 season, where he was named the Opening Day starter for the Bisons.[17] The Blue Jays called up Biagini to make a spot start on April 17, for the second game of their doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals.[18] Following the game, he was returned to the Bisons. After returning to the major leagues, Biagini spent the majority of the season in the Blue Jays bullpen, appearing in 50 games while making 4 spot starts. He finished the season with a 4–2 record and an ERA of 6 over 72 innings.[19]

Houston AstrosEdit

On July 31, 2019, Biagini was traded to the Houston Astros (along with Aaron Sanchez and Cal Stevenson) in exchange for Derek Fisher.[20] In his first appearance with the Astros, Biagini pitched an inning of relief in a combined no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners. The final score was 9–0.[21]

Personal lifeEdit

Biagini's father, Rob, played for the San Francisco Giants organization from 1981 to 1982.[22][23]

In November 2016, Biagini was a member of the audience at a taping of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. During the show, Fallon passed Biagini in the audience and attempted to high-five him along with other audience members, but missed Biagini's hand. During the November 18 episode, Fallon stated that he had taken criticism on Twitter for botching the high-five, and brought Biagini out on stage briefly to complete their high-five.[24]


  1. ^ "Joe Biagini Bio". Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Joe Biagini Register Statistics & History". Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  3. ^ Bernal, Terry (April 8, 2014). "Biagini deals in first start for San Jose Giants". Archived from the original on October 5, 2016. Retrieved October 3, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (December 10, 2015). "Blue Jays take Biagini in Rule 5 Draft". Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  5. ^ Davidi, Shi (March 30, 2016). "Roberto Osuna named closer as Blue Jays reveal opening day roster". Sportsnet. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  6. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (April 9, 2016). "Blue Jays Rule 5 pick Biagini has a dry, different sense of humour". Sportsnet. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  7. ^ Couto, Melissa (May 3, 2016). "Justin Smoak carries Blue Jays to extra-innings rally". The Canadian Press. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  8. ^ Bollinger, Rhett; Myers, Dan (May 19, 2016). "Tulo's extra effort vs. Twins ends Toronto's skid". Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  9. ^ Scanlon, Dick (September 3, 2016). "Estrada runs into trouble in 6th, Blue Jays lose 7-5 to Rays". Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  10. ^ "Joe Biagini Statistics and History". Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  11. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (May 5, 2017). "Blue Jays dip into bullpen for rotation help by calling on Biagini". Sportsnet. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  12. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (May 7, 2017). "Joe Biagini shows intriguing potential as a starter". Sportsnet. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  13. ^ Horrobin, Jordan. "Biagini making smooth transition back to 'pen". Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  14. ^ "Blue Jays option Joe Biagini to Buffalo, activate Danny Barnes". Sportsnet. August 4, 2017. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  15. ^ Davidi, Shi (August 27, 2017). "Joe Biagini's second round as starter begins with loss to Twins". Sportsnet. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  16. ^ Armstrong, Laura (September 2, 2017). "The Jays have plenty to like, until the 13th, in loss to Orioles". Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  17. ^ Moritz, Amy (April 4, 2018). "Bisons name Joe Biagini their Opening Day starter". Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  18. ^ "Jays' Biagini to start Game 2 of doubleheader". April 17, 2018. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  19. ^ "Exit Interviews: Blue Jays pitchers assess their own seasons". October 2, 2018. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  20. ^ "Astros acquire Greinke, Biagini, Sanchez in multiple trades today". July 31, 2019.
  21. ^ "Astros pitchers toss combined no-hitter against Mariners". August 3, 2019.
  22. ^ Couto, Melissa (May 9, 2016). "Blue Jays' Joe Biagini excited to pitch in favourite childhood ballpark". Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  23. ^ "Rob Biagini Minor League Statistics & History". Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  24. ^ Garro, Adrian (November 19, 2016). "Jimmy Fallon invited Joe Biagini back to 'The Tonight Show' to make up a botched high five". Retrieved November 21, 2016.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Taylor Cole, Félix Peña
No-hit game
August 3, 2019
(with Sanchez, Harris & Devenski)
Succeeded by
Justin Verlander