A two-time America East Pitcher of the Year, former Stony Brook hurler Nick Tropeano has not lost a beat since he was drafted by the Houston Astros last June.
During his first season a professional ball player, Tropeano played for the Astros’ short-season Single-A affiliate Tri-City Valley Cats. And he dominated. In 12 starts, Tropeano posted a 2.36 ERA giving up just 14 earned runs in 53.1 innings pitched while striking out 63.
That prompted a call-up to the next level of A-ball and a new uniform for the 17th ranked prospect in the Astros organization. Suiting up now for the Lexington Legends in the South Atlantic League, Tropeano has been twice named pitcher of the week. The award has only been handed out four times this year. Boasting a miniscule 1.87 ERA in four starts (0.45 ERA on the road), MinorLeagueBaseball.com spoke with the righthander in this week’s SAL notes.
“Everything is really working, and I'm throwing all of my pitches for strikes," Tropeano said in the segment. “This past offseason I got into a good workout regimen, which has increased my velocity a little bit.”
Tropeano is scheduled to pitch this weekend in a series against the Hagerstown Suns, an affiliate of the Washington Nationals.
We told you yesterday about several former America East women’s soccer players making their professional debuts last evening and what debuts they were. Jess Luscinski scored one of three Boston Breaker goals and Alice Binns earned the shutout in net. Check out a game recap on the former Boston University Terriers.
Jackie Blanchard, an engineering student at the University of Maine and manager of the women’s basketball team, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma 10 years ago. Scheduled the graduate this past weekend, Blanchard spent the day in a hospital room recovering from her latest round of chemotherapy. Several Maine faculty, including members of the women’s basketball team, attended a special graduation ceremony for Blanchard on Wednesday. Pete Warner of the Bangor Daily News tells the incredible story.
Hartford released its end of the year highlight video yesterday. Check out the production below.
The America East softball championship starts up today with Maine and Boston University kicking the day’s action off in less than an hour. Stony Brook and Albany play in the day’s second game this afternoon. For more information check out Championship Central.
The Stony Brook women’s tennis team, two weeks removed from its first ever America East championship, plays in the NCAA Tournament today against No. 2 Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif.