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Jon Niese

29-Year-Old Pitcher – Pittsburgh Pirates

2015 Stats

W-L

9-10

ERA

4.13

WHIP

1.40

K

113

SV

0

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Niese has never been a steady source of strikeouts, but last season brought a new level of his contact-heavy approach, as he generated a career-low 5.8-percent swinging-strike rate but managed to post...

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2016 ADP:  399.08

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 218   DOB: 10/27/1986   BORN: Lima, OH   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 7th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Jon Niese Contract Information:

Agreed to a five-year, $25.5 million deal in April 2012 with two team options that can raise the value to $46 million. Niese gets a $250,000 signing bonus and a $769,500 salary in 2012, $3 million in 2013, $5 million in 2014, $7 million in 2015 and $9 million in 2016. The Mets also hold club options for 2017 ($10 million, $500,000 buyout) and 2018 ($10.5 million, $500K buyout).

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Niese was traded to the Pirates on Wednesday in exchange for Neil Walker, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

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Jon Niese Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2008 21 AA BIN 22 22 0 124.3 118 42 5 112 44 6 7 0 3.04 1.30
2008 21 AAA NEW 7 7 0 39.7 34 15 4 32 14 5 1 0 3.40 1.21
2008 21 MAJ NYM 3 3 0 14.0 20 11 2 11 8 1 1 0 7.07 2.00
2009 22 AAA BUF 16 15 2 92.3 90 35 7 80 23 5 5 0 3.41 1.22
2009 22 MAJ NYM 5 5 0 25.7 27 12 1 18 9 1 1 0 4.21 1.40
2010 23 AAA BUF 1 1 0 6.0 8 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.00 1.33
2010 23 MAJ NYM 30 30 1 173.7 192 81 20 148 62 9 10 0 0 0 4.20 1.46
2011 24 MAJ NYM 27 26 0 157.3 178 77 14 138 44 11 11 0 0 0 4.40 1.41
2012 25 MAJ NYM 30 30 0 190.3 174 72 22 155 49 13 9 0 0 0 3.40 1.17
2013 26 A+ ST. 1 1 0 4.0 2 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.75
2013 26 R GUL 1 1 0 2.0 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.50 1.50
2013 26 AA BIN 1 1 0 5.0 4 2 0 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 3.60 1.40
2013 26 MAJ NYM 24 24 1 143.0 158 59 10 105 48 8 8 0 0 0 3.71 1.44
2014 27 MAJ NYM 30 30 0 187.7 193 71 17 138 45 9 11 0 0 0 3.40 1.27
2015 28 MAJ NYM 33 29 0 176.7 192 81 20 113 55 9 10 0 0 0 4.13 1.40
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3-Year Averages     29 27 0 169.1 181 70 15 118 49 8 9 0 0 0 3.73 1.36
Career  (View All)     182 177 2 1,068.3 1,134 464 106 826 320 61 61 0 3.91 1.36

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Jon Niese Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Oct. 4 Cin 0.7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.13 1.40
Sep. 29 StL 1.7 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.17 1.39
Sep. 21 @Col 6.0 3 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 4.16 1.39
Sep. 13 Mil 6.0 8 3 2 0 1 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.31 1.41
Sep. 7 @Cin 3.3 7 5 5 1 3 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.36 1.40
Sep. 1 @Mil 5.0 7 6 6 1 2 2 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 4.17 1.37
Aug. 27 @Mia 6.0 5 5 5 1 5 5 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.95 1.36
Aug. 22 SF 5.3 11 7 7 1 2 3 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.80 1.34
Aug. 15 @NYM 6.0 5 3 3 2 2 5 1 1 0 - 0 0 0 3.50 1.30
Aug. 4 ChC 7.0 4 1 1 0 1 6 1 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.51 1.33
Last 14 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 2.8 IP/G
8.3 7 1 1 0 2 3 0 0 0 1-0 0 0 0 1.08 1.08
Last 30 Days
5 Games:  Avg. 3.5 IP/G
17.7 22 9 8 1 6 7 0 0 0 1-0 0 0 0 4.08 1.58
Last 60 Days
10 Games:  Avg. 4.7 IP/G
47.0 54 31 30 6 18 28 3 1 0 3-1 0 0 0 5.74 1.53

Jon Niese Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201516627746714.305
201418837744533.254
2013152251133622.239

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2015604864814626216.273
20145981013814929414.273
201346980371252418.294

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201584.35505123124.161.35
201485.3350681972.741.18
201386.7350612862.701.28

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201592.3450623284.091.44
2014102.36607026103.961.34
201356.3530442045.271.69
Jon Niese Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2008 21 AA BIN 22 22 124.3 8.11 3.18 2.55 0.36 76.4% 3.04 3.03 .321
2008 21 AAA NEW 7 7 39.7 7.26 3.18 2.29 0.91 75% 3.40 4.11 .273
2008 21 MAJ NYM 3 3 14.0 7.07 5.14 1.38 1.29 1.38 65.4% 89.4 MPH 7.07 5.26 .387
2009 22 AAA BUF 16 15 92.3 7.80 2.24 3.48 0.68 73.6% 3.41 3.33 .315
2009 22 MAJ NYM 5 5 25.7 6.31 3.16 2.00 0.35 1.75 68.6% 89.6 MPH 4.21 3.39 .323
2010 23 AAA BUF 1 1 6.0 4.50 0.00 0.00 1.50 85.7% 3.00 4.37 .335
2010 23 MAJ NYM 30 30 173.7 7.67 3.21 2.39 1.04 1.61 73.9% 89.7 MPH 4.20 4.22 .335
2011 24 MAJ NYM 27 26 157.3 7.89 2.52 3.14 0.80 1.95 69.7% 90.6 MPH 4.40 3.54 .349
2012 25 MAJ NYM 30 30 190.3 7.33 2.32 3.16 1.04 1.57 75.1% 90.4 MPH 3.40 3.91 .285
2013 26 A+ ST. 1 1 4.0 9.00 2.25 4.00 0.00 100% 0.00 1.95 .216
2013 26 R GUL 1 1 2.0 4.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 66.7% 4.50 2.20 .393
2013 26 AA BIN 1 1 5.0 10.80 5.40 2.00 0.00 71.4% 3.60 2.60 .331
2013 26 MAJ NYM 24 24 143.0 6.61 3.02 2.19 0.63 2.00 75% 90.2 MPH 3.71 3.73 .332
2014 27 MAJ NYM 30 30 187.7 6.62 2.16 3.07 0.82 1.78 75.6% 88.5 MPH 3.40 3.74 .310
2015 28 MAJ NYM 33 29 176.7 5.76 2.80 2.05 1.02 2.52 73.1% 89.1 MPH 4.13 4.48 .309
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3-Year Averages     29 27 169.1 6.28 2.61 2.41 0.80 74.4% 3.73 3.83 .316
Career     182 177 1,068.3 6.96 2.70 2.58 0.89 73.4% 3.91 3.87 .320

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2015 Stat Review for Jon Niese    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2015 (min 130 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

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2.05 K/BB
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5.76 K/9
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2.80 BB/9
WEAK
89.1 MPH Fastball
POOR
1.0 HR/9
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2.52 GB/FB Ratio
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ERA/WHIP/FIP

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4.13 ERA
WEAK
1.40 WHIP
POOR
4.48 FIP
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BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.309 BABIP
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73.1% Strand Rate
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Jon Niese: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Niese may miss a game during the NLCS against the Cubs due to a death in the family, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

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Niese made his first relief appearance since July 10, 2011 on Tuesday, allowing with one run on three singles in 1.2 innings.

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Niese will miss his start Tuesday against the Phillies as he transitions to the bullpen for the playoffs, Mike Vorkunov of The Star-Ledger reports.

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Niese won his ninth game of the season behind six shutout innings Monday against Atlanta. He struck out two, walked two, and allowed three hits.

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Niese was handed a no-decision Sunday against the Braves, as he allowed three runs (two earned) with three strikeouts and one walk in six innings.

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Niese was beaten up yet again Monday against the Nationals, allowing five runs in 3.1 innings while failing to factor in the decision.

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Niese (8-10) took the loss Tuesday against Philadelphia, allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out two over five innings.

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Niese walked five and struck out five while allowing five hits and five runs in six innings against the Phillies on Thursday.

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Niese allowed seven runs on 11 hits and two walks Saturday against the Rockies. He struck out three and picked up his eighth win of the season.

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Niese allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over six innings in a no-decision Saturday.

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Niese earned his seventh win Monday against the Rockies, as he allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter.

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2015

Niese has developed into a really solid arm and while he is far from a stud, he has value. He has yet to log a 200-inning season, but he now has three straight years of strong ERAs and his FIP has been below 4.00 in five of the last six seasons. The lefty is a strikeout liability, having dipped into the high-teens after a pair of 20-percent seasons in 2011-12, but if you are just looking for some useful innings at the backend of your rotation, he can definitely fulfill that role. In fact, if you are able to carefully deploy him for just the home starts, he becomes a very valuable asset. He has back-to-back seasons of 2.70s ERA at home and last yearís came with a 19.3% strikeout rate and 3.6 K:BB ratio. The development of the Metsí rotation has pushed Niese down and he could legitimately end up being their fifth starter soon, but as long as he is taking his turn every fifth day, he merits consideration.

2014

When Niese landed on the disabled list on June 22 with a partially torn rotator cuff, he was 3-6 with a 4.32 ERA and a weak 49:33 K:BB ratio. Batters were hitting .336 off his cutter and .321 off his curveball. After returning, Niese went 5-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 54:13 K:BB ratio while batters hit .246 and .225, respectively, against his cutter and curveball. Niese's late-season resurgence may have been a direct result of him sitting out two months rehabbing his shoulder, which aided his two most important pitches. He enters 2014 as the Mets' likely Opening Day starter due to Matt Harvey's absence and is signed through 2016 with club options through 2018.

2013

Perhaps lost in the shadow of R.A. Dickey's Cy Young season was the growth Niese showed in his third full campaign in New York. In addition to lowering his walk rate (2.3 BB/9), Niese shaved 64 points from his BABIP (.285) and matched his previous best with a career-high 30 starts. The biggest difference appears to be the success of his cutter, which opposing hitters teed off on in 2011 (.364 BAA, .586 SLG), but found much less success against last season (.238 BAA, .376 SLG). A closer look at the data also shows that hitters made contact more frequently on pitches outside of the strike zone (75.2%), perhaps an indication that the BABIP improvement is sustainable with the presumably weaker contact Niese induced. Expect similar numbers from him again in 2013 as the team's No. 2 starter.

2012

When Niese was on, he was really on, mixing a low-90s fastball with a 12-to-6 curveball, change-up and cutter. However, for all the strides he made last season, Niese saw his ERA rise each of the last three months of the year, topping out at 7.15 in August before he was sidelined for the balance of the year with an intercostal strain. The key for him, like most pitchers, is establishing his secondary pitches for strikes as his fastball is not overpowering. Niese must be more effective with his change-up to righties, as they blasted him for a .291 BAA. That said, Niese was hurt by a low 69.7 percent strand rate and .349 BABIP, which is evident in his 3.36 FIP compared to his 4.40 ERA. Perhaps 2012 will be his breakout season, and he'll open the year as the Mets' No. 2 starter.

2011

Niese recovered nicely from a 2009 hamstring injury to win a spot in the Mets' rotation out of spring training and then pitched well in three of the first four months of the year. Niese posted a 4.43 ERA in August, then saw the bottom fall out, posting a 7.11 ERA and 1.974 WHIP in September, likely due to fatigue in his first full season in the majors. Overall, Niese saw an uptick in K/9IP rate while his other numbers were fairly static and his FIP was nearly equal to his actual ERA. When he is on, Niese mixes a low-90s fastball with a 12-to-6 curveball, changeup and cutter and should open 2011 as the Mets' third starter.

2010

Niese, one of the Mets' top pitching prospects, started 2009 in rough fashion, struggling in spring training, then early on at Triple-A Buffalo and in a brief stint in the majors. In mid-June, everything seemed to click and Niese was an absolute ace in his last eight starts at Triple-A, not allowing more than two runs in any of them while putting up a 46:13 K:BB ratio. In his third start following a promotion, Niese was injured trying to stretch at first base to turn a double-play, resulting a complete tear of the right upper hamstring tendon from the bone that required surgery. Niese is expected to be ready for spring training, and depending on what the Mets do in free agency/trade market, he should get a chance to compete for a fourth/fifth rotation spot.

2009

Niese built off the success he had in 2008 by pitching well enough at Double- and Triple-A to get his feet wet with the Mets, having one good and two poor outings as the team tried to keep their pennant hopes alive. Some of Niese's success in 2008 can be attributed to the addition of a cutter, which is now a major weapon for him against righties, in addition to his low-90's fastball, improving 12-to-6 curveball and changeup, though he tends to nibble at times and not trust his stuff, leading to high pitch counts. The Mets plan on having Niese contend for their No. 5 starter spot in spring training and his ceiling is thought to be that of a No. 2/3 starter in the majors.

2008

Niese lost 21 pounds before the 2007 season to try and prevent a previously bothersome arm injury and to improve his conditioning. Much of his success is due to his heavy sinking changeup, the grip of which he adjusted from a circle change that caused blisters on his pitching hand. He struggled out of the gate in 2007, possibly getting used to his new body type, but rebounded to dominate late in the year and in the playoffs. Niese also has a low-90's fastball and an improving curveball along with the change, though he tends to nibble at times and not trust his stuff. Based on his strong finish at High-A St. Lucie, Niese should start 2008 at Double-A Binghamton with an eye towards a late-September 2009 callup to the Mets.