Nick Tropeano

Nick Tropeano
Tropeano during his tenure with the Oklahoma City RedHawks in 2014
Los Angeles Angels – No. 35
Born: (1990-08-27) August 27, 1990
West Islip, New York
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 10, 2014, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through August 6, 2018)
Win–loss record 12–13
Earned run average 4.15
Strikeouts 183

Nicholas Paul Tropeano (born August 27, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Houston Astros. Prior to playing professionally, he attended Stony Brook University, where he played college baseball.

Amateur career

Tropeano attended West Islip High School in West Islip, New York, where he played baseball as a pitcher and American football as a quarterback.[1][2] He enrolled at Stony Brook University, where he played college baseball for the Stony Brook Seawolves baseball team in the America East Conference. After his freshman season, Tropeano pitched for the Riverhead Tomcats in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, a collegiate summer baseball league, and was named its Most Valuable Player.[3]

In his sophomore season, Tropeano had an 8–4 win–loss record with a 2.44 earned run average (ERA) and led the conference with 106 strikeouts en route to being named the America East co-Pitcher of the Year and a finalist for Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Hall of Fame. He pitched in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Cotuit Kettleers between his sophomore and junior seasons at Stony Brook.[4][5] As a junior, Tropeano had a 12–1 win–loss record and a 1.84 ERA en route to a second conference Pitcher of the Year award (becoming the first pitcher to do so).[6]

Professional career

The Houston Astros drafted Tropeano in the fifth round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.[7] After signing with the Astros, he pitched that season with the Tri-City ValleyCats of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League.[8] In 2012, he pitched for the Lexington Legends of the Class A South Atlantic League (SAL), where he was twice named the SAL pitcher of the week,[6] and the Lancaster JetHawks of the Class A-Advanced California League.[9] He began the 2013 season with the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Class AA Texas League.[10] On August 1, Tropeano struck out Midland RockHounds infielder Vinnie Catricala with one pitch.[11]

Tropeano opened the 2014 season with the Oklahoma City RedHawks of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL).[12] Tropeano pitched to a 2.09 ERA by mid-June, but missed a month after he experienced forearm soreness in late June.[13] After pitching to a 9-5 record with a 3.03 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 124 23 innings, the Astros promoted Tropeano to the major leagues on September 1.[14] His ERA led the PCL. Tropeano made his MLB debut on September 10, recording the win.[15]

On November 5, 2014, the Astros traded Tropeano and Carlos Perez to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Hank Conger.[16] Tropeano pitched in 8 games for the Angels, starting in 7 of them and drew an ERA of 3.82 in 37 innings. In 2016, after a rash of injuries to their rotation, Tropeano got called up and in 10 starts went 3-2 and at the time, had the best ERA of the rotation with a 3.25 ERA before being placed on the disabled list. Despite his success, he was activated and sent down to AAA after the Angels called up Tim Lincecum.

In August, 2016, it was revealed that Tropeano underwent Tommy John surgery, ending his 2016 season and all of 2017 as well.[17] After missing a full season, Tropeano entered the 2018 season competing for a spot in the rotation. He was sent down to AAA to begin the season but after injuries to the Angels rotation, he was called up and made 4 starts before going on the disabled list with elbow inflammation.


  1. Sarra, Gregg (November 17, 2007). "Tropeano leads West Islip's late rally". Newsday. Retrieved February 16, 2013. (subscription required)
  2. Haynes, Stephen (June 3, 2008). "SUFFOLK CLASS AA FINALS: WEST ISLIP 12, COMMACK 6: Tropeano ends it with a flourish". Newsday. Retrieved February 16, 2013. (subscription required)
  3. Mauser, Brett. "Greskoff Named ACBL Co-MVP; Tropeano Selected Most Valuable Pitcher – Riverhead, NY". Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  4. "Tropeano, SBU in midst of finest season". May 14, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  5. Cape Cod Times (July 22, 2010). "Cape League: Tropeano helps Cotuit take West". Archived from the original on April 16, 2014. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  6. 1 2 Ballew, Bill. "SAL notes: Tropeano off to strong start | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  7. "Nick Tropeano And Matthew Colantonio, Both Long Island Natives Headed To The Big Leagues, Drafted By The Houston Astros And San Diego Padres « CBS New York". June 9, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  8. "Tropeano pitches gem in ValleyCats shutout". Times Union. July 25, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  9. "Astros announce Minor League Players of the Month for August | News" (Press release). September 7, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  10. "Pitching strong, but Hooks' bats dormant in loss to Springfield » Corpus Christi Caller-Times". April 6, 2013. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  11. Boyer, Anthony (August 2, 2013). "The Anatomy of a One-Pitch Strikeout". Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  12. Baldwin, Michael (April 12, 2014). "Oklahoma City RedHawks start season with several top prospects from Astros' deep minor league system". The Oklahoman. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  13. Seiner, Jake (August 19, 2014). "Tropeano hits stride, shuts down River Cats". Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  14. "Astros report: Call-up a dream come true for Tropeano". Houston Chronicle. September 2, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  15. Drellich, Evan. "Astros take series, Tropeano his first win as Altuve reaches milestone". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  16. "Angels acquire RHP Nick Tropeano and C Carlos Perez from Houston". November 5, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
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