Nick Tropeano
Nick Tropeano
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
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
$Signed a one-year, $1.08 million contract with the Angels in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Avoids arbitration
PLos Angeles Angels
January 10, 2019
Tropeano signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Angels on Thursday to avoid arbitration, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Tropeano started 14 games in 2018, posting a 4.74 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with a 64:31 K:BB across 76 frames. Although he should be ready to go by Opening Day, Tropeano may be limited at the beginning of spring training due to a shoulder injury suffered last year.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-21%
BAA vs RHP
2017
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2016
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .273 318 72 38 75 14 4 13
Since 2016vs Right .238 294 60 24 63 15 0 17
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
2016vs Left .277 157 39 22 36 7 2 6
2016vs Right .264 139 29 9 34 5 0 8
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-34%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-21%
ERA on Road
2017
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2016
 
 
-46%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 5.05 1.49 71.1 3 4 0 8.5 4.3 2.1
Since 2016Away 3.33 1.29 72.0 5 4 0 8.0 3.5 1.6
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
2016Home 4.80 1.73 30.0 1 1 0 9.6 4.8 2.1
2016Away 2.58 1.28 38.1 2 1 0 8.5 3.5 1.6
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Stat Review
How does Nick Tropeano compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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.
K/BB
2.06
 
K/9
7.6
 
BB/9
3.7
 
HR/9
1.9
 
Fastball
90.4 mph
 
ERA
4.74
 
WHIP
1.30
 
BABIP
.257
 
GB/FB
1.04
 
Strand %
71.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
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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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Moves to 60-day DL
PLos Angeles Angels
Shoulder
September 18, 2018
Tropeano (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday.
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Shut down for season
PLos Angeles Angels
Shoulder
September 11, 2018
Tropeano will receive a PRP injection in his shoulder Friday, effectively ending his season, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Isn't close to returning
PLos Angeles Angels
Shoulder
September 10, 2018
Tropeano (shoulder) is struggling to make progress towards a return, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Feels good after long toss session
PLos Angeles Angels
Shoulder
August 27, 2018
Tropeano (shoulder) participated in long toss Sunday, setting up a potential bullpen session over the next few days, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Not ready to return
PLos Angeles Angels
Shoulder
August 23, 2018
Tropeano (shoulder) has yet to resume throwing, and his return date from the disabled list is currently uncertain, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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