American pitcher Brandon Michael Bielak, who plays for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball, was born on April 2, 1996. At the University of Notre Dame, he played baseball for the collegiate team.
He was chosen by the Astros in the eleventh round of the MLB draft in 2017 and debuted in the league in 2020.
Bielak, who was born and raised in Sayreville, New Jersey, attended St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, New Jersey, where he played baseball.
As a senior in 2014, he had an 8-1 record, a 0.58 ERA, and 60.2 innings pitched while striking out 60.2 batters. He enrolled at the University of Notre Dame and played baseball for the Fighting Iris there after being undrafted out of high school in the 2014 MLB draft.
Bielak was named a Carolina League All-Star in 2018 and spent the first half of the season with the Buies Creek Astros before being promoted to the Corpus Christi Hooks in June.
Bielak’s contract was added to the 40-man roster on July 27, 2020. On that day, he faced the Seattle Mariners in his MLB debut and pitched an 8-5 victory. With Houston, Bielak completed the 2020 campaign with a 6.75 ERA in 32 innings.
Bielak made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Astros after signing with Houston. He was promoted to the Tri-City ValleyCats after two scoreless outings, where he concluded the season with a 1-1 record and a 0.92 ERA in eight games (four starts).
On Tuesday, Bielak was called up from Triple-A Sugar Land. Just before Opening Day, Bielak was demoted to Triple-A, and this season will be his first opportunity to play in the majors.