Joe Biagini
Joe Biagini
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Toronto Blue Jays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was some hope for Biagini heading into the 2018 campaign after he outpitched his peripherals and finished the season prior with a respectable 4.27 FIP. In the end, Biagini saw his FIP increase more than a run to 5.47 while his ERA ballooned to an ugly 6.00. He struggled both as a starter (7.71 ERA in four starts) and a reliever (5.40 ERA in 46 relief appearances) and now looks more like a minor leaguer than a back-end starter. The Blue Jays' rebuild means that innings will be open, but the 28-year-old hasn't done much to stake a claim on them. He avoided walks well (7.3% walk rate) but struck out just 16.2% of batters, and his previously strong groundball rate fell to an unremarkable 47.9%. Barring a sudden and significant performance improvement, Biagini won't be worth a second look in most formats. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Blue Jays in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Shaky in first appearance as closer
PToronto Blue Jays
June 12, 2019
Biagini allowed two earned runs on one hit and two walks across one-third of an inning in a win against the Orioles on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Biagini was named the interim closer with Ken Giles (elbow) on the injured list. However, his stint got off to a shaky start, as he issued a pair of walks and surrendered a double after coming in with two on in the eighth. Daniel Hudson was ultimately able to successfully navigate the Blue Jays out of the jam with a win, adding murkiness to the short-term save picture in Toronto.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .294 416 81 33 111 24 3 18
Since 2017vs Right .268 545 97 42 133 21 3 17
2019vs Left .238 47 11 5 10 2 0 5
2019vs Right .200 69 17 4 13 4 1 1
2018vs Left .333 151 23 12 45 11 1 6
2018vs Right .315 177 30 12 51 6 0 8
2017vs Left .279 218 47 16 56 11 2 7
2017vs Right .256 299 50 26 69 11 2 8
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-4%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-22%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-29%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-10%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.45 1.43 114.0 6 10 0 7.1 3.2 1.5
Since 2017Away 5.23 1.46 106.2 3 11 2 7.4 2.9 1.4
2019Home 3.31 0.98 16.1 1 0 0 9.4 2.2 2.2
2019Away 4.26 1.26 12.2 1 1 1 7.8 3.6 1.4
2018Home 6.99 1.71 37.1 3 3 0 7.0 3.6 1.9
2018Away 4.93 1.62 34.2 1 4 0 6.2 2.3 1.6
2017Home 5.07 1.38 60.1 2 7 0 6.6 3.3 1.0
2017Away 5.61 1.42 59.1 1 6 1 8.0 3.0 1.2
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Stat Review
How does Joe Biagini compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.22
 
K/9
8.7
 
BB/9
2.7
 
HR/9
1.8
 
Fastball
94.3 mph
 
ERA
3.60
 
WHIP
1.10
 
BABIP
.245
 
GB/FB
1.70
 
Left On Base
85.4%
 
Exit Velocity
87.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
11.3%
 
Spin Rate
2135 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
37.5%
 
Swinging Strike
12.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Biagini's 3-13 record and 5.34 ERA tell a troubling tale, but a deeper look provides reason for optimism moving forward. Bad luck factored into the surface stats, with an exceedingly-low 61.5 percent left-on-base rate being the main culprit behind the bloated ERA. All of the main estimators -- FIP, xFIP, SIERA -- point to Biagini being at least a full run better than that mark would suggest. The strikeout and walk rates (7.3 K/9, 3.2 BB/9) aren't going to excite those in the fantasy game, but Biagini induces groundballs at a high rate (55.7 percent), throws four pitches (fastball-slider-curveball-changeup) and has already shown he can perform near a league-average level as a starter (4.36 FIP over 88 innings last season). He figures to have the inside track at the final spot in the Blue Jays' rotation entering spring training.
Biagini delivered a jaw-dropping performance in 2016; his numbers are by no means elite, but nobody could have expected that kind of performance from the Rule 5 draft pick. He was masterful at limiting the big inning and posted an outstanding 0.4 HR/9, which was the third-best mark among AL rookie relievers. Further, the righty posted a solid 6.4 percent walk rate and 11.5 percent swinging-strike rate. Biagini rarely pitched in high-leverage situations during the first half, but he racked up six holds over the final two months (eight holds total). There was some discussion about a possible return to a starting role for Biagini, but the Blue Jays later backtracked on that idea, suggesting he will remain in the bullpen. They will stretch him out during spring training, though, in case a move to the rotation is in the cards later in the season.
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Named interim closer
PToronto Blue Jays
June 12, 2019
Biagini will serve as Toronto's closer while Ken Giles (elbow) is on the injured list, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
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Stumbling in May
PToronto Blue Jays
May 23, 2019
Biagini gave up a run on a solo home run over 1.2 innings of relief in Wednesday's extra-innings loss to the Red Sox.
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Gets first save
PToronto Blue Jays
April 15, 2019
Biagini struck out one and allowed no baserunners to record his first save of the season Monday in a 5-3 win over the Twins.
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Serves up walkoff shot
PToronto Blue Jays
April 6, 2019
Biagini (0-1) gave up a walkoff home run to Carlos Santana with one out in the ninth inning of Friday's 3-2 loss to Cleveland.
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Still fighting for bullpen role
PToronto Blue Jays
March 15, 2019
Biagini gave up a hit and walked two in a scoreless inning of relief during Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees.
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