Originally written on 60ft6in  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Jon Niese has become an above-average major league pitcher and was considered the ace of the Mets until Matt Harvey exploded onto the scene. The lefty started Opening Day at Citi Field in 2013, earning a W against the Padres. Niese’s signature pitch is his huge curveball. It’s a big breaker that drops from 11 to 5 and buckles LHs knees. Jon sets up his curve with a quality fastball/cutter combination. He throws both pitches to either side of the plate, to any hitter, with good control of the corners. He routinely comes inside to RHs in an attempt to induce weak contact off the bat handle. His fourth pitch is his changeup, a pitch that has he’s using more often in 2013. In the past, Niese would file away his changeup at different points in the season and go multiple appearances without showing it. Niese grew up in Defiance, Ohio, and was born on the same night the Mets won Game Seven of the 1986 World Series. The Mets drafted Niese in the 7th round of the 2005 draft, and he quickly c...

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