Joe is in his first season with Chicago and is 14-25 with 34 holds, three saves and a 5.07 ERA (185 ER/328.1 IP) in 221 games (22 starts) spanning all or part of five seasons with Toronto (2016-19) and Houston (2019-20)...Last name is pronounced bee-uh-JEE-nee...Acquired by the Astros from Toronto at the 2019 trade deadline...pitched a scoreless eighth in the Astros combined no-hitter, August 3 vs. Seattle...Named the Blue Jays Rookie of the Year in 2016 after being a Rule 5 draft pick that offseason...Made his MLB debut on April 8, 2016, vs. Boston and fanned David Ortiz for his first career strikeout...Began his career with 49 consecutive appearances (62.0 IP) without allowing a homer...Named a Double A Eastern League All-Star in 2015 while pitching for Richmond... ranked second in the league in ERA (2.42) trailing only RHP Michael Fulmer (2.14)...Selected by the Giants in the 26th round of the 2011 draft...Graduated from The King's Academy High School in Sunnyvale, Calif...went on to attend the College of San Mateo for two years...was on the Dean's List in both years (2008-09, 2009-10)...transferred to UC-Davis in 2011 and made 13 pitching appearances for the Aggies...His father, Rob, pitched two seasons (1981-82) in the Giants minor league system...Rob topped out at Single-A Fresno in 1982...Known as a "media favorite" for what has been called his sarcastically awkward personality...this trait earned him an appearance on the Jimmy Fallon Show in November of 2016....Fallon invited Biagini on the show after the two missed on a high five attempt while Biagini was a member of the studio audience...later, upon learning of Biagini's profession, Fallon invited him back to correct the miscue...when introducing the segment, Fallon joked that he thought Biagini just "wasn't very athletic."
Pitched four games for the Astros...missed time on the 10-day injured list from July 27-August 15 with right shoulder inflammation...had no record with a 20.77 ERA (10 ER/4.1 IP) with four walks and four strikeouts.
The 29-year-old was acquired by the Astros from the Blue Jays at the trade deadline...pitched in a careerhigh 63 games (50 with Toronto, 13 with Houston)...pitched in the Astros combined no-hitter on Aug. 3 vs. SEA (the 12th no-hitter in club history and second combined no-hitter)...threw a scoreless 8th inning...was 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA (12ER/14.2IP) in 13 games with Houston...with Toronto, went 3-1 with a 3.78 ERA (21ER/50IP) in 50 games...posted a 1.88 ERA (6 ER/28.2IP) with 30 strikeouts in day games this season (25 appearances)...started the season on Toronto's Opening Day roster... acquired by Houston on July 31...optioned to Triple A on Aug. 13...recalled to Houston on Aug. 22...was one of the top relievers in the AL from March through May, posting a 3.08 ERA (9ER/26.1IP) with 25 strikeouts and a .206 opponent batting average over 26 games during that span...recorded a six-game (7.1IP) scoreless streak from July 13-26 with Toronto.
Went 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA in his four starts (16 ER/18.2 IP, 26H, 9BB, 13K)... Was 4-4 with a 5.40 ERA in 46 relief appearances (32 ER/53.1 IP, 70H, 15BB, 40K) ... Allowed runs in six of his last 16 outings (3.86 ERA, 21.0 IP, 9ER, 8BB, 14K) ... Recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on three occasions (April 17, May 3, May 11) ... Placed on the DL with a left oblique strain from Sept. 1-13 ... Threw 3.0 scoreless innings on June 1 at DET, his longest appearance as a reliever at the time (3H, 0BB, 2K) ... Earned his 1st win of the season on July 6 vs. NYY, ending his career-long streak of 10 consecutive lost decisions (Aug. 27, 2017-June 6, 2018) ... On Aug. 19 at NYY, threw 3.1 scoreless innings of relief (2H, 1BB, 2K), his longest career outing as a reliever ... On Aug. 22 vs. BAL, struck out each batter faced in 1.0+ IP of relief for the 1st time in his career (1.0 IP, 3K) ... Earned his 4th win on Sept. 26 vs. HOU to tie a career mark (2016).
Went 2-12 with a 5.73 ERA and a .279 opp. avg. as a starter (1.48 WHIP)...Made 18 starts total, seven after returning from the minors at the end of August...In those seven starts, went 0-5 with a 5.94 ERA (22 ER/33.1 IP) with a 1.59 WHIP ... Went 1-1 out of the bullpen with a 4.26 ERA (15 ER/31.2 IP), a .223 opp. avg. and a 1.17 WHIP ... Nine of his last 10 relief appearances were scoreless outings (.184 opp. avg., 7-for-38) ... Struck out five batters on May 3 at NYY, a career-best in a relief appearance ... Made his 1st career start on May 7 at TB (4.0 IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K) ... Did not allow a run over 5.0 innings in his 2nd start on May 12 vs. SEA, earning a win as a starter for the 1st time...In his first two starts combined for 9.0 IP with no earned runs and no walks ... Recorded his 1st quality start on May 28 vs. TEX (6.0 IP, 7H, 2ER, 1BB, 7K) ... Threw 100 pitches over 7.0 innings on June 3 vs. NYY (4H, 1ER, 1BB, 6K), his 1st time hitting the century mark ... Allowed seven runs (six earned) in just 1.0+ innings of work on June 16 vs. CWS (8H, BB), the most runs in the fewest innings pitched by a Blue Jay since Mark Buehrle on Oct. 4, 2015 at TB (8R, 0.2 IP) ... Was optioned to Buffalo on Aug. 4 to further develop as a starter...In four starts with the Bisons, posted a 1-1 record with a 3.12 ERA (6 ER/17.1 IP) ... Had his best Major-League start on Sept. 1 at BAL, recording a career-high 10 strikeouts over 7.0 scoreless inninings ... On Sept. 12 vs. BAL, went a career-best 8.0 innings (6H, 2ER, 2K) and earned a no-decision as Toronto came back in the bottom of the 9th for a 3-2 victory ... Lasted just 1.1 innings on Sept. 17 at MIN (5H, 6R, 4 ER, BB, 2HR), his second start to not get through two innings (also June 16 vs. CWS) ... Allowed three runs over 5.0 innings in his final start on Sept. 29 at NYY, falling to 0-7 in his last nine starts (6.55 ERA, .304 opp. avg.).
Is one of five relievers to not allow an earned run in postseason play in club history joining Roberto Osuna (2016), Aaron Sanchez (2015), Jim Acker (1985) and Dennis Lamp (1985)…Was one of four relievers in the 2016 postseason to post a 0.00 ERA through the first three rounds of the playoffs (Roberto Osuna, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen)...Joined teammate Aaron Sanchez as the only rookie relievers in franchise history to record an ERA of 0.00 in the playoffs (Sanchez did so in 2015)...Opponents hit just .120 off of him in the playoffs…That ranks as the 4th lowest opposition average in a single postseason for a Blue Jays reliever in club history (minimum 6.0 IP)…It was also the lowest opposition average among all relievers in the 2016 postseason...Limited the opposition to a .154 average (2-13) with runners on, however, allowed three of his five inherited runners to score in the posteason...Issued just one walk to the final 47 batters he faced this season (including regular and postseason)...Struck out a career high four batters in 2.0 IP on Sept. 7 at NYY...On Sept. 3 at TB, surrendered his first career HR (Kevin Keirmaier)…Entered with a ML best 62.0IP without allowing a HR...His 49 games without giving up a home run set a new club mark to start a career, passing LHP Aaron Loup (44 games)...Was the longest such streak since RHP Dan Otero started his career with 55 homerless games from April 7, 2012 until April 25, 2014 for SF and OAK…Otero pitched 63.2 innings before his first HR...Saw his scoreless innings streak snapped at 20.2 IP on Aug. 26 vs. LAA after allowing two earned runs...It was the longest streak by a Blue Jay this season, and the 4th longest by a Blue Jays rookie in club history... Suffered his second loss of the season June 7 at DET, after allowing two hits and a run in a walk-off loss...Earned his third win of the year May 31 vs. NYY...Picked up the win in two of four TOR victories from May 27-31, a span of five days... Recorded his first career save on May 19 at MIN (1.0, H, K)...Picked up his first career victory May 3 vs. TEX after tossing 2.0 scoreless innings in a 10 inning walk-off win...Suffered his first career loss, April 20 at BAL after allowing an unearned run in a walk-off loss...Made his Major League debut on April 8 vs. BOS (1.0, K)... Fanned David Ortiz for his first career strikeout.
Reached the Double-A level for the first time appearing in 23 games, 22 starts for Richmond...Spent the entire season in the Richmond rotation. • His 2.42 ERA was 2nd in the Eastern League and fourth best in all of Double-A baseball...Ranked seventh in the Eastern League with 10 wins. • Recorded 14 quality starts in his 22 starts, while allowing more than 3ER on just three occasions. • Held LH hitters to a .196 average with just a .536 OPS. • Overall batters hit .228, his best career mark...Had a .267 opponents' average entering the season. • Posted a BB/9 mark of 2.35, his best career figure.