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Sunday, December 16, 2012

The '13 Prospects of Christmas- #9- Nick Tropeano

by Jared Webb @webberoo11

#9 Nick "NiTro" Tropeano RHP 6'4" 205 22yrs old
I think the two accomplishments that got "Nitro" noticed were not getting shelled in Lancaster, and his velocity bumping from 88-91 to 91-94. Both of those events were pretty impressive, but the thing that keeps Nitro most relevant is his filthy nasty change up. I've read some reports indicating that the reason Nitro's velocity jumped was because he started throwing his fastball more and actually got a better feel for it.
 His change up is by far his best pitch, and he was accused of throwing it too often. He can throw it to lefties and righties,  and he throws it with great command. Even when his velocity jumped he was able to maintain good command of his FB. He will start next year in AA, and if he can maintain his great numbers might even be bumped to AAA. 
Tropeano has a legit. chance of being a middle of the rotation guy and his stuff actually projects really well in Minute Maid Park.  He has also shown the ability to come out of the bullpen.  He pitched in relief in this fall's Arizona League and led the entire pitching staff in strikeouts.
Ceiling: Middle Rotation Starter
Floor: Bullpen
c2012 Jared Webb. Used with permission.

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