Nick Tropeano
Nick Tropeano
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Los Angeles Angels
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After missing all of the 2017 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, Tropeano once again struggled to stay healthy in 2018. The right-hander made three separate trips to the disabled list due to shoulder issues, limiting him to just 14 starts and 76 innings. He failed to impress when healthy, posting a 4.74 ERA and 1.30 WHIP while notching just four quality outings. The 28-year-old also saw his strikeout and walk rates go in the wrong direction, resulting in his worst K/BB (2.06) since his rookie year with the Astros in 2014. Assuming he's healthy entering spring training, Tropeano will get a chance to compete for a spot in the Angels' Opening Day rotation, though his recent injury issues -- he's registered just 144.1 innings over the past three seasons -- make him tough to trust as anything more than a depth option on a fantasy staff even if he does break camp as a starter. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.08 million contract with the Angels in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Sent to minors following spot start
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
July 27, 2019
Tropeano was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday.
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Tropeano will head back to the minors after getting lit up for seven runs in five innings during a spot start against the Orioles on Friday. The right-hander now owns an unsightly 9.88 ERA, 1.76 WHIP and 10:6 K:BB through three starts (13.2 innings) with the big club this season. Jose Rodriguez was summoned from the minors to take his place on the roster.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
91
Last 10 Games
91
Last 5 Games
91
How many pitches does Nick Tropeano generally throw?
 
1-10
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-18%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-21%
BAA vs RHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .279 194 37 19 48 8 2 9
Since 2017vs Right .229 188 37 18 38 11 0 13
2019vs Left .333 33 4 3 9 1 0 2
2019vs Right .300 33 6 3 9 1 0 4
2018vs Left .269 161 33 16 39 7 2 7
2018vs Right .213 155 31 15 29 10 0 9
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-33%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-57%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-21%
ERA on Road
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 6.48 1.42 50.0 2 4 0 7.4 4.0 2.5
Since 2017Away 4.31 1.31 39.2 3 3 0 7.5 3.4 1.8
2019Home 12.46 1.96 8.2 0 1 0 6.2 4.2 4.2
2019Away 5.40 1.40 5.0 0 0 0 7.2 3.6 3.6
2018Home 5.23 1.31 41.1 2 3 0 7.6 3.9 2.2
2018Away 4.15 1.30 34.2 3 3 0 7.5 3.4 1.6
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Nick Tropeano 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 2019 data (min 30 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
1.67
 
K/9
6.6
 
BB/9
4.0
 
HR/9
4.0
 
Fastball
90.8 mph
 
ERA
9.88
 
WHIP
1.76
 
BABIP
.296
 
GB/FB
0.55
 
Left On Base
57.7%
 
Exit Velocity
90.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
10.4%
 
Spin Rate
2119 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
39.6%
 
Swinging Strike
11.4%
 
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Tropeano underwent Tommy John surgery in August of 2016, but he did not pitch at all in 2017 after progressing through his rehab and getting cleared to resume mound work late in the season. Fortunately, he made it through a throwing program at the end of the season without any setbacks, putting him on track for a normal offseason leading up to spring training. The Angels are reportedly considering a six-man rotation in 2018, which will open up an extra starting spot if that plan comes to fruition. Prior to suffering his torn UCL, Tropeano flashed the ability to miss bats in parts of two seasons with the Angels (106:41 K:BB, 106 innings). Even if he is unable to secure a starting role coming out of spring training, Tropeano will be on the team's short list to get a look if injuries strike the arms ahead of him on the depth chart.
Although he didn't initially break camp with the big club, Tropeano spent the bulk of 2016 as a member of the Angels' rotation. The right-hander was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake in early April, and he impressed to the tune of a 3.25 ERA and 8.8 K/9 over the course of 10 starts prior to going down with a shoulder injury. His return produced mixed results, as he proceeded to serve up six home runs in his next three starts, although his 14:3 K:BB ratio was encouraging. Sadly, the 26-year-old was unable to build off of any of these successes, as he left a mid-July start with what ended up being a torn UCL and underwent Tommy John surgery in early August. The timing of the surgery means that Tropeano will likely miss most (if not all) of the 2017 season, meaning he'll have to wait to compete for a full-time rotation spot until 2018. That being said, his good results may be tough to sustain going forward, as his propensity to give up the long ball (1.8 HR/9) and his control issues (4.1 BB/9) will make it difficult to maintain such a sound ERA.
Tropeano competed for the fifth spot in the rotation to begin the season, but was outperformed by Andrew Heaney, leaving Tropeano to get the majority of his work in the minor leagues, save for a few spot starts with the big club. Tropeano featured strong strikeout numbers at every level in 2015, but was victimized by a 68 percent strand rate. While that number should rise going forward (Steamer projections have him at 73% in 2016), he appears unlikely to secure a rotation spot, as C.J. Wilson, Matt Shoemaker and Jared Weaver are all expected to be healthy after dealing with injuries last season. It's feasible that he could once again battle Heaney for the job, but the former-first round pick appears to have job security after making 18 starts and tallying a 3.47 ERA. Tropeano projects more as a starter than a reliever, which could make him a trade candidate for a team looking to fill a spot with a high-upside arm.
After four effective seasons in the minors, Tropeano made his major league debut with Houston last season, going 1-3 with a 4.57 ERA while fanning 13 batters in 21.2 innings. The 24-year-old pitched exceptionally well in Triple-A prior to getting called up, going 9-5 with a 3.03 ERA and 120 strikeouts to just 33 walks in 124.2 innings. In November, the Astros traded Tropeano to the Angels, where he'll bring his bulldog approach to the mound to compete for a rotation spot in spring training.
Tropeano appeared in 28 games (20 starts) for Double-A Corpus Christi last season, compiling a 7-10 record with five saves and a 4.11 ERA and 1.34 WHIP over 133.2 innings. The 23-year-old right-hander has moved quickly through the minors thus far and has maintained solid peripherals (9.4 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 0.7 HR/9) along the way. He is likely to take the next step forward in his development and spend much of this season at Triple-A, but with a sturdy 6-foot-4 frame and an improving three-pitch arsenal that includes an effective changeup, mid-90s fastball and breaking ball, Tropeano could be on the fast track to Houston if all goes well.
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Takes first loss
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
July 26, 2019
Tropeano (0-1) was charged with the loss against the Orioles on Friday after allowing seven runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three over five innings.
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Officially named Friday's starter
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
July 26, 2019
Tropeano has been recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to start Friday's game against the Orioles, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Promotion on tap
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
July 26, 2019
Tropeano is the top candidate to start Friday against the Orioles, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Sent to minors
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
June 10, 2019
Tropeano was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday.
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Back with big club
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
June 9, 2019
The Angels recalled Tropeano from Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday.
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