After the Mets claimed Jacob Barnes, they also added local guy Nick Tropeano. The righty had a terrific 2020 over 15.2 innings he allowed just 2 runs (1.15 ERA) while striking out 19.
Overall in his career Tropeano has been a guy who provided starting pitching depth for the Angels. He pitched to a 4.29 ERA over 233 innings in his career. Not a lot of MLB innings considering he has been in the majors for parts of 6 seasons.
This year Tropeano was used out of the pen as a multi inning guy, but I see him as depth for the starting pitching role. His hard hit percentage this year was high, which shows luck was involved in this small samplesize.
Still adding pitching depth, especially for starting pitching, is never a bad thing. Tropeano still relied on his starters repertoire showing a slider, splitter, 4 seamer, sinker and change up. Hope he keeps doing that and provide much needed depth.
His slider was his main success pitch in 2020. Hitters were just 1 for 13 on the slider and he used it 31 percent of the time (most in his arsenal). Although I do not see that being sustainable. His RPM (spin rate) and exit velo on his slider in 2019, were about the same, but in 2019 that pitch got hit hard.
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