26-Year-Old Pitcher – New York Mets
2013 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
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...
Jonathon 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).
Niese gave up three runs, all of which were unearned, in the first inning of Tuesday's game against the Reds. He went on to pitch five scoreless frames thereafter, allowing five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over his six innings of work.
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2013 Stat Review for Jonathon Niese As compared to the top 200 starting pitchers in 2012 (min 40 in)
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New York Mets Roster
MajorsAnkiel, Rick (OF)
AACampbell, Eric (3B)
A+Feliciano, Pedro (P)
AFulmer, Michael (P)
RookieBecerra, Wuilmer (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.