Brandon Bielak is an accomplished American professional baseball pitcher currently playing for the Houston Astros in Major League Baseball. Before entering the big leagues, he made a name for himself as a collegiate baseball player.
Bielak has predominantly served as a relief pitcher during his time in Major League Baseball, pitching out of the bullpen in 37 out of his 45 previous appearances before this season. However, due to recent circumstances, his role has shifted, and he has been allowed to transition into the starting pitcher.
Born on February 4, 1996, in Sayreville, New Jersey, Brandon was raised by his supportive parents, Brian and Charlene Bielak, alongside his brother Chris. Inspired by his father, who had played baseball during his school years but couldn’t pursue a professional career due to an injury.
Brandon developed a passion for the sport and excelled in it, with his mother also playing a pivotal role in his success. During his high school years at St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, New Jersey, Brandon showcased his talent on the baseball field and contributed significantly to his team’s victories. This outstanding performance earned him a spot at the University of Notre Dame, where he joined the Fighting Irish, the renowned college baseball team.
Brandon Bielak Career
Brandon’s collegiate career kicked off at Notre Dame, where he displayed remarkable skills as a pitcher. In his freshman year, he achieved a 6-3 record with an impressive 3.5 ERA, appearing in 17 games. His sophomore year saw him maintain a strong performance with a 3-2 record and a 2.10 ERA.
Following this successful season, he earned recognition as a league all-star during a match against the Orleans Firebirds in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League. Throughout his college journey, Brandon remained an integral part of his team, participating in numerous matches.
In his junior year in 2017, he achieved a 2-6 record with a 5.55 ERA and decided to pursue a professional baseball career. Consequently, the Houston Astros selected him in the 11th round of the 2017 MLB Draft.
Starting his professional journey with the Gulf Coast League Astros, Brandon’s initial performances didn’t stand out significantly. However, he soon showed promise, earning a promotion to the Tri-City ValleyCats after two scoreless appearances. With the ValleyCats, he recorded a 1-1 record and an impressive 0.92 ERA across eight games that season.
In 2018, Brandon moved up to the Buies Creek Astros and began the season with them. His exceptional performance earned him a Carolina League All-Star title. In June of the same year, he received another promotion, this time to the Corpus Christi Hooks. Continuing to impress, he further ascended to the Round Rock Express in May 2019.
After years of dedication and hard work, Brandon finally made his MLB debut in 2020 against the Seattle Mariners. Although he made only five appearances in 2022, the majority of them were with the Triple-A Sugar Land Space Cowboys, a testament to his perseverance and determination.
Starting off the 2023 season with the Houston Astros, Brandon has already achieved notable milestones. In May, he secured his first win of the season, delivering a career-high nine strikeouts against the Oakland Athletics, showcasing his growth and talent as a pitcher.
Brandon Bielak Biography
|Real Name||Brandon Michael Bielak|
|Birth Date||2 April 1996|
|Age (as of 2023)||27 Years|
|Birth Place||Edison, New Jersey, United States|
|College||University of Notre Dame|
|Height||in feet inches – 6’ 2” – in Centimeters – 187 cm|
|Weight||in Kilograms – 94 kg – in Pounds – 208 lbs|
|Who is his wife?||Alexa Bielak|
Outside of baseball, Brandon shares his life with his high school sweetheart, Alexa Povelaitis, who works as a NICU nurse. Growing up together in Sayreville, New Jersey, they started dating during their junior year of high school and eventually tied the knot in a lavish wedding ceremony in 2022. The couple is eagerly anticipating the arrival of their daughter in 2023. While Brandon keeps his personal life private, he remains grateful for the support of his family and loved ones.
Brandon Bielak Net Worth
Brandon has signed a contract with Houston Astros which spans one year and is valued at $720,000, ensuring that Bielak will receive the full amount as a guaranteed sum. This equates to an average annual salary of $720,000 for Bielak. In 2023, his base salary will also amount to $720,000, contributing to his total earnings of $720,000 for the season. However, after considering adjustments, Bielak’s final salary figure with the Houston Astros is reported to be $592,263.