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Portrait of Nick Tropeano

Nick Tropeano PAstros

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 23)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
114.0 4.66 1.47 97 5 9 0 0.0
Birth Date8-27-1990
Height6' 4"
Weight200 lbs
Age24 years, 1 months, 28 days
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2014 HOU 23 4 4 21.7 21.7 0.0 1 3 0 0 0 1 91 19 12 11 0 24 9 8 1 13 4.57 3.34 3.92 1.9 0.2
Career4421.721.70.013000191191211024981134.573.343.921.90.2

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2011 TCV A- 12 12 53.3 3.68 124 .216 .250 .330 .353 .264 .301 104 12.0 1.2 12.0 1.2
2012 LEX A 15 14 87.3 3.40 128 .225 .269 .340 .404 .269 .323 99 23.6 2.4 23.6 2.4
2012 LNC A+ 12 12 70.7 4.85 108 .247 .279 .343 .440 .282 .323 106 14.1 1.4 14.1 1.4
2012 MSS Wnt 11 1 15.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .242 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 CCH AA 28 20 133.7 4.22 110 .262 .250 .316 .382 .255 .333 108 21.3 2.3 21.3 2.3
2014 HOU MLB 4 4 21.7 3.92 101 .243 .255 .312 .380 .261 .279 95 1.6 0.2 1.9 0.2
2014 OKL AAA 23 20 124.7 4.27 107 .205 .278 .343 .432 .274 .248 93 18.6 1.8 18.6 1.8

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2011 TCV A- 3 2 0 12 12 53.3 42 21 63 1 55% .301 7.1 3.5 0.2 10.6 1.18 2.36 12.0 1.2
2012 MSS Wnt 0 0 0 11 1 15.0 10 5 18 2 0% .242 6.0 3.0 1.2 10.8 1.00 3.00 0.0 0.0
2012 LEX A 6 4 0 15 14 87.3 77 26 97 3 49% .323 7.9 2.7 0.3 10.0 1.18 2.78 23.6 2.4
2012 LNC A+ 6 3 0 12 12 70.7 72 21 69 8 43% .323 9.2 2.7 1.0 8.8 1.32 3.31 14.1 1.4
2013 CCH AA 7 10 5 28 20 133.7 140 39 130 15 45% .333 9.4 2.6 1.0 8.8 1.34 4.11 21.3 2.3
2014 HOU MLB 1 3 0 4 4 21.7 19 9 13 0 43% .279 7.9 3.7 0.0 5.4 1.29 4.57 1.9 0.2
2014 OKL AAA 9 5 0 23 20 124.7 90 33 120 11 40% .248 6.5 2.4 0.8 8.7 0.99 3.03 18.6 1.8

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2014 364 0.4286 0.4478 0.7975 0.6346 0.3077 0.8687 0.6875 0.2025
Career3640.42860.44780.79750.63460.30770.86870.68750.2025

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-30 2014-07-27 Minors 27 0 - Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 d1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Contract selected by Houston 9/2/14.
  • Drafted by Houston 2011 (5-160) (Stony Brook). $1.557M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 0 0 0 0 0 41.7 36 14 35 4 .272 1.20 3.46 3.76 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 0 0 0 36.4 34 13 31 4 .286 1.29 3.87 4.2 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 0 0 0 32.6 32 12 28 4 .296 1.35 4.16 4.52 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 0 0 0 29.5 30 11 25 4 .304 1.41 4.42 4.8 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 0 0 0 26.7 28 11 23 3 .312 1.46 4.66 5.07 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 0 0 0 23.9 26 10 20 3 .320 1.51 4.91 5.34 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 0 0 0 21.0 24 9 18 3 .328 1.57 5.18 5.63 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 0 0 0 17.7 21 8 15 3 .338 1.65 5.50 5.98 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 0 0 0 13.3 17 6 11 2 .352 1.75 5.96 6.47 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0000026.32810223.3101.454.635.030.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20152431050053521948644.2991.333.984.338.83.28.11.00.4
20162521046048481845644.3071.374.074.428.93.48.41.10.3
20172621047050501745644.3071.344.024.379.03.18.11.10.3
20182721044047471643644.3031.344.034.389.03.18.21.10.3
20192821041043431538544.3051.354.144.519.03.18.01.00.2
20202921040042431438544.3081.354.184.549.13.08.11.10.2
20213021039042411337544.3051.303.904.248.92.88.01.10.3
20223121037039391235544.3051.303.914.258.92.78.01.10.3
20233221034037371132444.3041.313.934.289.12.77.91.00.3

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
2.40.59.111.95.23.732.6

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Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 98 Burch Smith 2013 6.44
2 97 Matt Magill 2013 8.13
3 94 Scott Barnes 2011 0.00 DNP
4 93 Adam Conley 2013 0.00 DNP
5 93 Sean Nolin 2013 40.50
6 93 Christian Friedrich 2011 0.00 DNP
7 93 Deck McGuire 2012 0.00 DNP
8 92 Sammy Solis 2012 0.00 DNP
9 92 Eric Surkamp 2011 6.08
10 92 Austin Wright 2013 0.00 DNP
11 92 Kevin Slowey 2007 5.26
12 92 James McDonald 2008 0.00
13 92 C.J. Riefenhauser 2013 0.00 DNP
14 92 Tyler Pill 2013 0.00 DNP
15 92 Wade LeBlanc 2008 8.02
16 92 Alex Cobb 2011 3.59
17 91 Jordan Zimmermann 2009 5.03
18 91 Simon Castro 2011 0.00 DNP
19 91 Jake McGee 2010 1.80
20 91 Wily Peralta 2012 2.48
21 90 Aaron Miller 2011 0.00 DNP
22 90 Nik Turley 2013 0.00 DNP
23 90 Michael Stutes 2010 0.00 DNP
24 90 Mike Rayl 2012 0.00 DNP
25 90 Blake Wood 2009 0.00 DNP
26 90 Garrett Richards 2011 7.07
27 90 Tyler Jones 2013 0.00 DNP
28 90 Cody Martin 2013 0.00 DNP
29 90 Juan Nicasio 2010 0.00 DNP
30 90 Andres Santiago 2013 0.00 DNP
31 90 Dan Straily 2012 4.35
32 90 Carlos Carrasco 2010 4.03
33 90 Chuck Lofgren 2009 0.00 DNP
34 89 Antonio Bastardo 2009 6.85
35 89 Chris Dwyer 2011 0.00 DNP
36 89 Tyler Wilson 2013 0.00 DNP
37 89 Garrett Olson 2007 7.79
38 89 Andrew Chafin 2013 0.00 DNP
39 89 Rudy Owens 2011 0.00 DNP
40 89 Brandon Workman 2012 0.00 DNP
41 89 Lisalverto Bonilla 2013 0.00 DNP
42 89 Brett Oberholtzer 2013 3.27
43 89 Felix Doubront 2011 6.10
44 89 Mike Wright 2013 0.00 DNP
45 89 Erik Johnson 2013 5.20
46 89 Steve Garrison 2010 0.00 DNP
47 89 Christian Garcia 2009 0.00 DNP
48 88 Anthony Swarzak 2009 6.56
49 88 Omar Poveda 2011 0.00 DNP
50 88 Ben Snyder 2009 0.00 DNP
51 88 Jeremy Hellickson 2010 3.47
52 88 Deryk Hooker 2012 0.00 DNP
53 88 Juan Oramas 2013 0.00 DNP
54 88 Jeremy Bleich 2010 0.00 DNP
55 88 Bradley Holt 2010 0.00 DNP
56 88 Jensen Lewis 2007 2.45
57 88 Brandon Erbe 2011 0.00 DNP
58 88 Ben Hornbeck 2011 0.00 DNP
59 88 Jose Ortegano 2011 0.00 DNP
60 88 Matt Packer 2011 0.00 DNP
61 88 J.J. Hoover 2011 0.00 DNP
62 88 Dellin Betances 2011 6.75
63 88 Chris Reed 2013 0.00 DNP
64 88 Chris Withrow 2012 0.00 DNP
65 88 Luis Marte 2010 0.00 DNP
66 88 Kelvin De La Cruz 2012 0.00 DNP
67 88 Scott Lewis 2007 0.00 DNP
68 87 Gregory Nappo 2012 0.00 DNP
69 87 Anthony Ranaudo 2013 0.00 DNP
70 87 Daniel Renken 2013 0.00 DNP
71 87 Tyson Ross 2010 5.49
72 87 Donnie Veal 2008 0.00 DNP
73 87 Jay Jackson 2011 0.00 DNP
74 87 Ricky Romero 2008 0.00 DNP
75 87 Kyle Lobstein 2013 0.00 DNP
76 87 Matt Loosen 2012 0.00 DNP
77 87 Erik Goeddel 2012 0.00 DNP
78 87 James Gillheeney 2011 0.00 DNP
79 87 Kyle Hendricks 2013 0.00 DNP
80 87 Jon Niese 2010 5.03
81 87 Max Scherzer 2008 3.86
82 87 Dimasther Delgado 2012 0.00 DNP
83 87 James Simmons 2010 0.00 DNP
84 87 D.J. Mitchell 2010 0.00 DNP
85 87 Kasey Kiker 2011 0.00 DNP
86 87 Jake Arrieta 2009 0.00 DNP
87 87 Jorge Reyes 2011 0.00 DNP
88 86 Jhonny Nunez 2009 9.53
89 86 Lance Lynn 2010 0.00 DNP
90 86 David Bromberg 2011 0.00 DNP
91 86 Kyle Kaminska 2012 0.00 DNP
92 86 Jordan Walden 2011 3.28
93 86 Drew Gagnon 2013 0.00 DNP
94 86 Scott Diamond 2010 0.00 DNP
95 86 Dylan Owen 2010 0.00 DNP
96 86 Jeff Locke 2011 6.48
97 86 Frank Garces 2013 0.00 DNP
98 86 Adam Warren 2011 0.00 DNP
99 86 Bobby Parnell 2008 5.40
100 86 Trey McNutt 2013 0.00 DNP

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Tropeano is a name to remember. He was seemingly born with a great changeup, and his delivery and mental game are also considered top-tier. Even with a good slider and very good control, because of velocity deficiencies (he was lucky to hit 92 once per outing) he was thought of as a right-handed Dallas Keuchel, a pitcher for whom everything would have to be perfect to succeed. All that changed in 2012, as dedication to adding strength over the offseason pushed his typical fastball velocity into the low 90s.
2012 Fifth-round pick Nick Tropeano can barely throw 90 mph but is so deceptive that he projects as having a career.

BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium accessSkewed Left: All Games Are Equal Except For TheseZachary Levine2014-09-29
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: September 16, 2014Daniel Rathman2014-09-16
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: September 10, 2014Daniel Rathman2014-09-10
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Monday, August 18Jeff Moore2014-08-19
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 13Jeff Moore2014-08-14
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Monday, June 16Jeff Moore2014-06-17
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Monday, June 9Jeff Moore2014-06-10
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Monday, June 2Jeff Moore2014-06-03
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, May 22Jeff Moore2014-05-23
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, May 15Jeff Moore2014-05-16
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 7Jeff Moore2014-05-08
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, May 1Jeff Moore2014-05-02
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Starting PitchersIan Lefkowitz2014-02-28
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Starting PitchersJared Weiss2014-02-28
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Starting PitchersBen Murphy2014-02-28
This article requires BP Premium accessOne Move: American League WestBen Carsley2013-11-12
Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Houston Astros Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2013-11-04
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of September 6Bradley Ankrom2012-09-07


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason, Have you seen Nick Tropeano and you impressions of him ?
(Junior from Dallas)
Saw him last Saturday. It was pretty good. He's somewhere between a back-end starter (no. 4 type) and reliever. Scouts are pretty split. He looked like a starter to me, but I also saw his best outing thus far and was calling the game on TV. I want to see him directly behind the plate and in a good position to scout it. He'll sit in the low-90s and pop up to 94. I thought his slider command on Saturday was impressive...he had it in and out of the zone when he needed to chase strikeouts. A 6'4" guy but some effort and a lot of arms and legs coming at you. High-energy and a little tightly wound that makes you think "bullpen," but he commanded his stuff well when I saw him. Again, want to see more of him from a better point of view so I can say more definitively. It was intriguing though. (Jason Cole)
2013-04-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)Nick Tropeano and Nolan Fontana both could have the "advanced/polished college player" label attached to them, and both are tearing up their level (AA and A+, respectively). How soon do we see them at the MLB level?
(Ashitaka1110 from Houston, TX)
It comes down to how aggressive Houston wants to be. I would say 2014 but perhaps Houston decides to give them a glimpse of big-league life in September. (R.J. Anderson)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

A Collaboration between BrooksBaseball.net and Baseball Prospectus - Pitch classifications provided by Pitch Info LLC


Nick Tropeano has thrown 384 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2012 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (91mph) and Slider (80mph), also mixing in a Change (82mph) and Sinker (91mph). He also rarely throws a Splitter (80mph).