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49 Jonathon Niese SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/218 | Birthdate: 10/27/1986 | Birthplace: Lima, OH | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: New York | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $3,050,000 | Owned/Started%: 61/34 | Average Draft Position: 247.15
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Mets SP Jonathon Niese finishes spring with 1.65 ERA


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese had another strong outing in his final Grapefruit League start during a 2-0 win Tuesday against the Nationals. Niese (3-0) allowed four hits in six scoreless innings, while allowing no walks and striking out three.

Niese did not allow an extra-base hit Tuesday, while lowering his ERA to 1.65. Niese did not allow more than two runs in any of his four spring starts. He totaled 13 strikeouts and two walks in 16 1/3 innings.

"I feel good now," he said, per NJ.com. "Makes my arm feel stronger."

Niese is scheduled to make his first start of the season on April 11 against the Braves.


New delivery helps take strain off Jonathon Niese's shoulder


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday against the Nationals due to inclement weather. Instead, he got to work on his new delivery while throwing 76 pitches in a simulated game, per NJ.com.

Niese made the change last week after he started to experience more shoulder problems. Niese noticed his stride was off. He had been landing toward first base instead of home plate, which caused him to throw across his body. Once he made the change, Niese said the strain on his shoulder went away.

"My shoulder felt great," Niese said after throwing his simulated game. "Today I went out and worked on my stride, same thing I was working on in the bullpen. I felt great.

"Games like these all you're doing is getting your work load in, getting the volume up. You're working on your pitches but the results you really don't care because you're facing the same three or four guys every time."


Mets P Jonathon Niese fans six in win over Cardinals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese struck out six batters and walked none during Thursday's 7-2 win over the Cardinals. 

Niese went four innings and gave up one earned run, which came in the third. Kolten Wong led the inning off with a double and he scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly from Matt Carpenter. Niese only gave up three hits during his time on the mound. 

Niese's spring training ERA is now 2.61. 


Mets' Jonathon Niese: 'I'm 100 percent healthy'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese spoke Sunday about his new arm angle this spring, calling it a byproduct of being "100 percent healthy," NJ.com reports.

"Last year I was just trying to find an angle where it didn't hurt," Niese said about his shoulder. "This year, I'm 100 percent healthy so I'm able to actually work on my mechanics and have proper mechanics."

Niese gave up one run in 2 2/3 innings while throwing 52 pitches in Sunday's start. He said he's using the spring to tinker with his arsenal of pitches.

"Cutting loose on everything," he says. "My cutter and curveball need a little bit more work but there's plenty of time for that."

Niese went 9-11 with a 3.40 ERA and 138:45 K:BB ratio in 187 2/3 innings last season.


Mets' Jonathon Niese impressed by velocity after first intrasquad outing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters he's impressed with Jonathon Niese's effort and health in Tuesday's intrasquad scrimmage, per the New York Post.

"His arm angle is much better, more velocity with his arm speed," Collins said. "He spent all winter making sure he was healthy because he doesn't want to go through those shoulder issues, and it has really paid off."

He tossed two shutout innings in his first outing of the spring. Niese, who had two MRI exams on his left arm in spring training last year, was impressed with his velocity this time around.

"My intrasquad last year, I don't think I threw over 80 mph," Niese said. "My shoulder and elbow felt great and my body feels good."


Report: Dillon Gee 'could be traded' by Mets in spring


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) Mets RHP Dillon Gee was the subject of offseason trade rumors. That's understandable, since he arrived at spring training as one of six established starting pitchers on the Mets' staff. 

The other candidates for the Mets' rotation are: LHP Zack Wheeler, 41-year-old RHP Bartolo Colon, LHP Jon Niese , RHP Jacob deGrom, who won last season's NL Rookie of the Year award and RHP Matt Harvey, returning after missing last year with arm surgery.

A source told ESPN New York that, although there wasn't much trade talk on the first day of camp, Gee "could be traded" during the spring, if the right deal came along.

Colon is also a candidate to be traded to clear the logjam in the starting rotation.  

If the team keeps all six pitchers, Gee is the leading candidate to be sent to the bullpen for long relief and the occasional spot start. 

Gee was 7-8, with a 4.00 ERA in 22 starts for the Mets last year. In his five MLB seasons, all with the Mets, he's 40-34, 3.91. His last relief appearance was in 2011. 


Mets' Jonathon Niese: 'They told me they didn't want to move me'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese said Thursday that the team has told him he won't be traded, the New York Post reports.

"They told me they didn’t want to move me," Niese said. "I’d love to stay. I don’t see myself going anywhere."

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported in December that the team was fielding trade inquiries on Niese, Dillon Gee and Bartolo Colon, with room for just two of the three in the starting rotation. All three remain on the starting roster, and general manager Sandy Alderson indicated this week that someone may be shifted to the bullpen for "a period of time."

Niese added Thursday that his arm and body are feeling better than they have since 2008, his rookie season, admitting that the pain in his shoulder was significant last spring.

"This year, it’s night and day from last year," Niese said. "Last year at this time it felt like there were knives in my shoulder. This year it feels normal."

Niese went 9-11 with a 3.40 ERA and 138:45 K:BB ratio in 187 2/3 innings over 30 starts in 2014.


Report: Three to four teams still in on Mets SP Dillon Gee


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Three to four clubs still remain interested in Mets pitcher Dillon Gee, sourced told Mike Puma of the New York Post. Jonathon Niese and Bartolo Colon are still "long-shots" to be traded, per the report.

Gee settled for $5.3 million next season prior to Friday's arbitration deadline. He finished last season 7-8 with a 4.00 ERA, marking the third time in four years his ERA has reached that level.


Report: Mets expect SP trade talks to heat up, Gee top target


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/6/2015) The Mets are expecting trade talks to pick up for starting pitchers Dillon Gee, Jonathon Niese and Bartolo Colon, a team source told the New York Post.

Gee appears to be the most likely candidate to be traded. New York was trying to deal him at the Winter Meetings in December. The Mets appear hesitant to trade Niese because he might be the only left-handed candidate for the rotation.

The source said if the Mets can't make a trade, there is a chance the team would go to spring training with six starters and have one of them potentially open the 2015 season in the bullpen.


Mets' Niese has no pain in shoulder as he begins throwing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/30/2014) Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese said Tuesday he started throwing about two weeks ago and has no pain in his throwing shoulder, according to MLB Network Radio. Niese has had shoulder problems a few times in his career and even missed some time in 2014 due to inflammation in the AC joint.

Niese, who has been the subject of trade rumors, enters the fourth season of a five-year, $25.27 million contract in 2015. Niese also has team options for 2017 ($10 million) and 2018 ($11 million).


Mets fielding trade inquiries about Gee, Colon and Niese


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) The Mets are fielding trade inquiries on starting pitchers Dillon Gee, Jonathon Niese and Bartolo Colon, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The expectation is one of the pitchers will be traded soon.

Report: Mets could find it difficult to trade Jonathon Niese


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) There is serious belief that this could be the offseason the Mets trade starting pitcher Jonathon Niese, according to the New York Daily News. However, there appears to be little trade interest since Niese has struggled with injuries the last few seasons.

Niese is under contract through 2016, with team options for 2017 ($10 million) and 2018 ($11 million). He is due to make $7 million in 2015 and $9 million in 2016.

"I think they underestimate the impact his injuries have had on perception," an official from another team said. "It’s not a team-friendly contract if he is on the D.L."


Niese-Collins conflicts will have 'no impact' on Mets' offseason agenda


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Thursday starting pitcher Jonathon Niese's intense interactions with manager Terry Collins will have no bearing on the team's offseason plans. With the return of Matt Harvey, the Mets could look to trade a starting pitcher.

"It would have no impact whatsoever," Alderson said, per ESPN. "You know, Jon isn’t always happy when he comes off the mound. You know, Jonathon is a competitive guy. He’s an emotional guy. And those things happen.

"To me, it’s not so much a line between fired up and inappropriate. It’s more about how that moment affects the relationship going forward, whether there’s lingering anger by one party or the other. And I just don’t see that happening. That’s not Terry and that’s not Jonathon."


Mets SP Jonathon Niese headed home without follow-up exam


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese doesn't need a follow-up appointment with a doctor Monday after departing his last outing Saturday with a rapid heartbeat, according to ESPN. Niese is doing fine and intends to head home to Ohio without the need for another exam.

Elevated heart rate knocks Jonathon Niese out of final start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese was pulled from his final start of the season against the Astros due to an elevated heart rate, according to ESPN New York.

Niese was in the midst of another flawless outing before leaving the game in the sixth inning. He allowed only three hits and no walks while striking out four over 5 1/3 scoreless innings of work. Of his 66 pitches, 44 were strikes.

Niese ends his 2014 campaign 9-11 with a 3.40 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP and a 138:45 K:BB ratio over 30 starts (187 2/3 innings).


Jonathon Niese turns in a strong start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese turned in a strong start Saturday against the Braves.

Niese allowed two runs on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one during the outing. Niese was excellent to open the game, throwing seven scoreless innings to start things off. He gave up both his runs in the eighth inning. With one out, Niese loaded the bases on three straight singles. He was pulled from the game at this point. Two runs would come around to score before the Mets could get out of the inning. Those runs were charged to Niese. 

With the win, Niese improved to 9-11. He’ll take on the Astros in his next start. 


Jonathon Niese falls short in pitchers' duel


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) Jonathon Niese didn't get any run support on Sunday against the Nationals, but he kept the Mets in the game with seven strong innings in a 3-0 loss. Niese kept pace with Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann for six innings, but Wilson Ramos broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer in the seventh inning, which saddled the lefty with a loss.

The two earned runs were all that Niese allowed on six hits, and he struck out seven batters and walked none. His record fell to 8-11, though his ERA improved to 3.55. Niese's next start will come on Saturday at the Braves.


Jonathon Niese tosses quality start in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese tossed a quality start but was unable to factor into the decision Monday night at home against Colorado. He permitted one run on eight hits and one walk while striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings of work.

Over his last three starts covering 20 innings, Niese has allowed 10 earned runs. He owns a 3.59 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 27 starts (168 innings). His next start will come Saturday at home against Washington.

Mets push back starting five


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) With Rafael Montero expected to make a spot start Wednesday against the Rockies, the rest of the Mets starting rotation gets pushed back a day. Jonathon Niese, who will start Monday's game against the Rockies, won't start again until Sunday against the Nationals. Jacob deGrom, who will start Tuesday's game, won't start again until Sept. 15.

Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee and Zack Wheeler will start the other three games of this weekend's series against the Nationals, with Colon going on Thursday, Gee going on Friday and Wheeler going on Saturday.


Jonathon Niese allows six runs in win vs. Marlins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese picked up a win Tuesday despite surrendering six earned runs on 10 hits in six innings while striking out four in his team's 8-6 victory over the Marlins.

Niese (8-10) was handed a four-run lead after two innings, but he kept letting the Marlins back into the game, giving up three runs in the third inning to make it 4-3, two in the fourth to reduce his lead to 7-5 and one more in the sixth to make it 8-6. Niese owns a 3.68 ERA and 115:43 K:BB ratio in 161 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Rockies Monday.


Jonathon Niese loses despite tossing quality start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese turned in a solid start Thursday against the Braves.

Niese allowed three runs on nine hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one during the outing. Niese had a tough time against opposing pitcher Mike Minor throughout the start. Minor helped his own cause in the second inning, singling home a run with two outs. Minor would also strike in the eighth inning, leading things off with a double. After notching a strikeout, Niese gave up a triple and single to the next two hitters, driving in two runs. 

Minor had a fantastic start, limiting the Mets to just one run. Because of that, Niese was saddled with the loss despite a decent start. He dropped to 7-10. Niese will take on the Marlins in his next start.


Jonathon Niese sunk by an error Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese was hurt by an error Friday against the Dodgers.

Niese allowed five runs, two earned, on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked three during the outing. Niese gave up his earned runs in the third and fifth innings. The seventh inning proved to be problematic. Niese recorded the first two out quickly via the strikeout. With two outs in the inning, Niese gave up a triple to Dee Gordon. After a Yasiel Puig walk, Adrian Gonzalez reached on a throwing error. Niese was pulled at that point. The two runs he left on base managed to score on a double. Both runs were charged to Niese, though they were unearned runs. 

With the loss, Niese dropped to 7-9. He’ll take on the Braves in his next start.


Jonathon Niese strikes out six in win vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese earned a win Saturday, surrendering three earned runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings and striking out six-plus in his team's 7-3 victory over the Cubs.

Niese (7-8) gave up a solo home run in the fifth inning and another with no outs in the top of the seventh, then followed up the second home run with four straight singles to bring the second run home and end his night. Niese owns a 3.50 ERA and 102:39 K:BB ratio in 141 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Dodgers Friday.


Jonathan Niese breaks losing streak by shutting down Phillies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese did something Monday afternoon that he had not done in six weeks - he won a game.

Niese must love Pennsylvania - his last victory came in Pittsburgh and his most recent in Philadelphia. He held the Phillies to two earned runs on five hits in seven innings with three walks and six strikeouts. His outing was marred only by a two-run homer off the bat of Darin Ruf.

The fine performance ended a slump in which he allowed 16 runs on 33 hits in 25 innings. He will try to take his momentum and run with it Saturday against the Cubs.


Jonathon Niese surrenders six runs in loss vs. Nationals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese took a loss Wednesday, giving up six earned runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings and striking out two in his team's 7-1 defeat against the Nationals.

Niese (5-8) has now lost four straight starts, though Monday's dud was his first time allowing more than four earned runs this season. He gave up three runs in the first inning alone, two on a home run, and surrendered a three-run home run in his sixth and final frame. Niese owns a 3.51 ERA and 90:34 K:BB ratio in 128 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Phillies Monday.