Nick Tropeano called up to Major Leagues, joins Houston Astros

Nick Tropeano seen here pitching for Stony Brook in the first-ever game at Joe Nathan Field in 2011.
Sept. 2, 2014


Stony Brook, N.Y. -
Former Stony Brook baseball All-American Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y.) is headed to the big leagues as his contract has been selected by the Houston Astros, making him the third #Seawolves player all-time to be on an active Major League roster. Tropeano will be active for Tuesday night's home game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Tropeano joins Joe Nathan '97 and Tom Koehler '08 as Stony Brook Baseball alumni in the Majors and all three are active. Nathan, a six-time MLB All-Star, pitches for the Detroit Tigers, and Koehler pitches for the Miami Marlins.

This season, Tropeano has been stellar pitching for the Oklahoma City Redhawks of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), boasting a 9-5 record and a PCL-best 3.03 ERA with 120 strikeouts in 124-2/3 innings. He also led the PCL with a 0.99 WHIP. At midseason, he was named to the PCL All-Star Game.

Originally a fifth-round selection by the Astros in the 2011 MLB Draft, Tropeano has worked his way up the ranks in the Minor Leagues. After starting in Short-Season A in 2011, he moved up to A ball in 2012 and then AA ball in 2013 before pitching this entire year in AAA. In 90 career Minor League outings, Tropeano is 31-24 with a 3.26 ERA and 479 strikeouts in 469-2/3 innings.

Tropeano was one of the most dominant pitchers in Stony Brook history. In just three seasons of action with the #Seawolves, he ranks in the top five in program history in wins (25), strikeouts (275), ERA (2.84) and innings pitched (250-2/3). He is the only pitcher in America East history to be named America East Pitcher of the Year twice, earning the award in 2010 and 2011. 



Tropeano's 2011 season also ranks as one of the most decorated in conference and school history as he went 12-1 with a 1.84 ERA, setting America East single-season records in wins and strikeouts (119). He ranked seventh in the nation in wins and fifth in strikeouts per nine innings (11.52), going on to earn All-America honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.