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The 2015 season got out to a nice start for Nick Travieso as he allowed one hit and one run over the course of 6.2 innings in the season opener for the Daytona Tortugas. He would finish up the month of April with a 3.38 ERA over 24.0 innings without allowing a home run, walking seven batters and he struck out 17. His WHIP was 1.13 on the month.
May saw a mixed bag for the right hander. His ERA jumped up to 3.54 and he allowed 36 hits in 28.0 innings, but his walk remained low (just eight walks) and his strikeout rate jumped up as he struck out 26 batters on the month. His home run rate was solid as he gave up three homers, but did jump up after not allowing any during the month before.
June had gotten out to a good start as he allowed just one earned run in 11.1 innings, good for a 0.79 ERA to go along with just two walks and 12 strikeouts. Things changed in his third start of the month after he was hit by a comebacker in the 1st inning and had to leave the game. Travieso was hit in the wrist and wound up missing seven weeks before returning in August.
When he returned he batted some consistency, particularly in his first game back when he walked four batted in 2.0 innings. His ERA was strong over the final 30.0 innings of the season, posting a 2.10 ERA, but his walk rate did jump up as he gave up 13 free passes in the span and struck out just 21 batters.
He finished the season with Daytona throwing 93.1 innings with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. The missed time was likely one of the reasons that he was selected to head out to the Arizona Fall League following the season. Through his first four starts he’s posted a 2.12 ERA in 17.0 innings, allowing just one home run, three walks and he’s struck out 17 batters.
Fastball | When he was drafted the Reds worked on his mechanics and those changes resulted in a drop in velocity from where he was throwing in high school. Each year though, he’s picked up velocity and the 2015 season was similar, although just to a small extent. He was sitting 92-96 most of the year, reaching into the 94-96 range for games as well. He’s topped out at 98 MPH during the season and has hit 97 MPH in each of his four starts in the Arizona Fall League.
Slider | The slider flashes itself as an above-average pitch with more vertical break than horizontal, but there is a slight amount of movement on the horizontal plane. The pitch works in the 80-84 MPH range.
Cutter | A pitch that really came to fruition in 2015, Travieso really began to lean on the offering, working in the 87-92 MPH range with good cutting action. It’s already showing itself as an above-average offering and one he’s showing tons of confidence in.
Curveball | Another relatively new pitch that he’s added to his repertoire during the 2015 season. It’s a slow curve, coming in the mid 70’s. It’s more of a show-me pitch at this point, but one he’s shown that he can throw for strikes.
Change Up | After not showing too much reliance on the change up in the past he began to show it more frequently in 2015. The pitch works in the 85-89 MPH range and has some sinking and running action on it. It’s mostly an average pitch right now and can be a tad too firm at times.
Other | Travieso has taken a step forward each year as a professional. He was well on his way there once again in 2015 before taking a comebacker off of the wrist. When he returned there seemed to be a little bit of feel missing early on, he didn’t make any rehab starts – so that’s quite understandable. Adding both the cutter and curveball just give him more weapons to go to and the cutter is already a major part of his game. His change up improved and a slight uptick in velocity all lead to his value rising.
He likes to work up in the zone with his fastball, and he’s got the velocity to do so. The same thing can be said for his cutter. The breaking balls and change up are pitches that work better down in the zone and for the most part, he can locate them there. He shows off good control and he can command his fastball at times within the zone.
Finding a little more consistency with his offspeed pitches will be key to getting the most out of his right arm, but all of the parts are there to see a quality starter in the near future.