Nicholas Paul Tropeano (Troh-pee-AH-noh)... On Twitter @PaPaTropeano. Attended West Islip HS (NY) and Stony Brook University (NY)... Led West Islip to a Suffolk Class AA championship in 2008 after going 8-1 with a 1.50 ERA... Named America East Conference Pitcher of the Year at Stony Brook in 2011 during junior season... Ranked fifth in nation in strikeouts (119) and seventh in victories (12); both set school records... Third Stony Brook alumnus to pitch in Major Leagues (also, Joe Nathan and Tom Koehler). Was Angels No. 3 prospect according to Baseball America in 2015... Entered 2014 season ranked by Baseball America as Astros No. 18 prospect... Was Astros No. 9 prospect according to Baseball America entering 2013 with the system's best changeup... Tabbed by the publication as having the best changeup in South Atlantic League entering 2012. Pitched in Arizona Fall League following the 2012 season... Went 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA (15 IP - 5 ER) and 18 strikeouts in 11 games for Mesa. Originally selected by Houston in fifth round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft... Signed by Astros scouts John Kosciak and Ed Fastaia.
Spent entire season on Angels disabled list recovering from Tommy John surgery performed in August 2016.
Began season on roster at Triple-A Salt Lake...Did not appear with Bees before being recalled by Angels April 7 following injury to Andrew Heaney...Finished tIed for second in A.L. with four pickoffS...Held opposing hitt ers to a .135 (7/52) average with runners in scoring positi on...Earned wins in consecuti ve starts for first time in career May 18 vs. Dodgers and May 23 at Texas...Improved career record vs. A.L. West opponents to 6-2 with a 3.28 ERA (68.2 IP - 25 ER)...Against all other opponents, is 1-5 with a 4.42 ERA (59 IP - 29 ER)...20 of final 24 runs allowed scored via home runs (yielded just two home runs in fi rst 75.1 IP of career)...Missed 23 games on disabled list with right shoulder tightness from June 4 (retro to May 30) unti l June 24... Missed final 69 games of season on disabled list with right elbow UCL injury (underwent Tommy John surgery in August).
Appeared in eight games (seven starts) across four separate stints with Angels and pitched to a 3-2 record with a 3.82 ERA (37.2 IP - 16 ER). Made Angels debut April 23 vs. Oakland and earned the win after pitching six shutout frames and allowing five hits and one walk while striking out five… Became first player to throw at least six scoreless innings in their Angels debut since Jered Weaver (May 27, 2006). Set career high with 11 strikeouts across 6 2/3 innings in final start of regular season on Sept. 29 vs. Oakland... The 11 strikeouts tied for most by any Angels pitcher in a game in 2015 (Garrett Richards - 11 SO twice). Yielded 11 of 16 earned runs on the season during the fifth inning... Pitched to a 1.38 ERA (32 2/3 IP - 5 ER) during all other innings. Pitched in 16 games (all starts) with Triple-A Salt Lake and went 3-6 with a 4.81 ERA (88 IP - 47 ER), while striking out 96 and walking 36. Was placed on Triple-A disabled list following May 26 start vs. Oklahoma City with rotator cuff tendinitis... Made two rehab starts with Rookie-level Arizona League Angels June 26 and July 1 before returning to Salt Lake on July 6. Entered 2015 ranked as Angels #3 prospect according to Baseball America.
Pitched in four Sept. games with Houston after spending entire Minor League season with Triple-A Oklahoma City...Named to Pacific Coast League All-Star team...Led the PCL with a 3.03 ERA (124.2 IP - 42 ER), 0.99 WHIP and a .203 batting average against (90/446)...Pitched to a 9-5 record with 120 strikeouts in 23 games (20 starts) for the RedHawks...Became first pitcher in Oklahoma City franchise history to win ERA title...Made Major League debut on Sept. 10 at Seattle (W; 5 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 SO) and became eighth Astros pitcher to earn a win in first career start...Followed George Springer as second player from Astros 2011 draft class to reach Major Leagues...Became third pitcher in Houston history to pitch at least five innings while striking out four-or-more batters and allowing two-or-fewer runs in each of first two career games, joining Carlos Hernandez (2001) and Tom Griffin (1964)...Made first start in home state of New York in Astros final game of regular season Sept. 28 at Citi Field...Named Oklahoma City's Pitcher of the Month in June and Aug....Went 4-0 with a 2.02 ERA (35.2 IP - 8 ER) and 34 strikeouts in five June starts...Posted a 3-1 record and 4.13 ERA (32.2 IP - 15 ER) and 33 strikeouts in six Aug. starts...Missed nearly one month of season on disabled list with tightness in right arm...Placed on DL July 6 (retro to July 4) and returned to action July 27...Acquired by Angels Nov. 5, 2014 along with catcher Carlos Perez in exchange for catcher Hank Conger.
Led the Double A Texas League with 130 strikeouts...spent the entire year with Corpus Christi...posted a 3.67 ERA with 63 strikeouts over his final 10 games of the season (61.1 innings)...struck out 81 batters and walked just 21 over his final 82.2 innings of the season...entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the Astros No. 9 prospect with the system's best changeup.
Split the season between Class A Lexington (15g) and Class A Advanced Lancaster (12g)...went 12-7 with a 3.02 ERA (53ER/158IP) and 166 strikeouts combined between the two levels...led all Astros minor leaguers in strikeouts, and all Astros full-season minor leaguers in ERA...his strikeout total ranked second among Class A pitchers and sixth in the minor leagues...was a 2012 South Atlantic League Midseason All-Star with Class A Lexington...was a South Atlantic League Midseason All-Star...named the SAL's Pitcher of the Week twice (April 16-23 and April 30-May 7)...tabbed by Baseball America as having the best changeup in the Astros system...promoted to Lancaster on July 1...at the time of his promotion, ranked among the SAL's leaders in innings pitched (1st), strikeouts (2nd) and ERA (T-5th)...named the TOPPS California League Player of the Month and the Lancaster Pitcher of the Month for August...during his time with Lancaster, ranked tied for first in the California League in strikeouts, fourth in innings pitched, sixth in ERA and tied for sixth in wins...pitched in the Arizona Fall League during the offseason, going 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA (5ER/15IP) and 18 punchouts in 11 games with the Mesa Solar Sox...entered the year ranked by Baseball America as the Astros No. 12 prospect with the system's best changeup.
Began his pro career with Class A Short Season Tri-City...named Tri-City's Co-Pitcher of the Month for August...won his last three decisions and allowed just two earned runs (0.64 ERA) over his final six starts, fanning 42 over 28.0 innings.