Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 3/7/13
When talking about Jon Niese… well that’s the thing. Niese isn’t often spoken about, particularly as a respected pitcher in the NL East, an esteem he deserves after his 2012 campaign. Granted yesterday’s outing in which the young southpaw gave up  four runs over 2 1/3 innings in Venezuela’s 14-10 routing of the Mets is not the Jonathon Niese that should be respected. That Niese is the Niese who hurled a one-hitter against the Padres in 2010, or the Niese who put up a 3.40 ERA this past year, or the Niese that went at least six innings in each of his last 20 starts of the season. That Niese deserves to be recognized as more than just a back-end starter. He wasn’t seen as much throughout the minors, never ranking higher than sixth on the Mets top prospect list. In the spring of 2010, Niese had to compete with Fernando Nieve for the fifth rotation spot on the major league roster. He showed flashes of realizing his potential in ’10 and ’11, but couldn’t put together a stretch of quality starts.
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