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Nicholas Tropeano was the Astros' fifth-round pick and comes from the powerhouse college of SUNY Stony Brook in New York. The 6'4", 205-pound pitcher put up some pretty impressive statistics this past season as Stony Brook's number one pitcher. He went 12-1 with a 1.84 ERA, 119 strikeouts in 93 innings pitched and only 24 walks.
Looking at stats alone, Tropeano looks like a top-10 pick, but stats don't always tell the whole truth. Baseball America writes:
Tropeano's statistics are better than his pure stuff, and he uses pitching savvy and competitiveness to get hitters out. His fastball sits at 86-90 mph and touches 92, and he relies heavily on his secondary stuff. He has arguably the best changeup in the college ranks, a plus pitch that he'll throw in any count, and a hard slider. He has worked on a sinker.
Tropeano looks like a good pick but he does have some work to do if he plans on pitching for the Astros in the future.