Angels 2015 In-House Rotation Options

By Brian Helberg
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Nick Tropeano

Sep 10, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Nick Tropeano (63) pitches to the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Tropeano was acquired from the Houston Astros on November 5th; veteran backup catcher Hank Conger went the other way. Upon joining the Angels, Tropeano was immediately anointed the club’s number four prospect on MLB.com. At 6’4 and weighing 200 pounds, this Stony Brook grad is an imposing figure on the mound.

Tropeano was a September call up for the ‘Stros making four starts down the stretch. Tropeano showed glimpses of his potential over those four outings, going 1-3 with a 4.57 ERA. Trop relies heavily on a low 90’s fastball in combination with an above average changeup. Tropeano was particularly effective in his outing against the Seattle Mariners, earning his first career victory. Making his Major League debut against a talented M’s lineup, Trop allowed just 2 runs on 4 hits, and collecting 5 punch-outs over 5 innings of work.

The former 5th round selection really impressed at Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2014, going 9-5, and recording a Pacific Coast League best 3.03 ERA. Trop averaged nearly a strikeout an inning, and walked just 33 batters in 124.2 innings of work.

The Angels pursued Tropeano aggressively, paying a fairly steep price in acquiring the young right-hander. Trop figures to receive a long look this spring in Tempe, and will battle Hector Santiago for the final spot in the Angels starting rotation.

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