Saturday, July 28, 2007

Jonathon Niese improving at St. Lucie

In St. Lucie yesterday, starting pitcher Jonathon Niese had unusual statistics. In five innings of work, he gave up more runs than hits. However, only one of the three runs he gave up was earned. More impressive were the facts that he yielded only one hit while striking out eight to up his record to 9-6.

In the Florida State League, Niese is fifth in wins, 26th in ERA, 15th in strikeouts, and 21st in WHIP.

WHIP's calculated but adding a pitcher's walks and hits and dividing the total by the number of innings pitched. The higher a pitcher's WHIP, the more men he puts on base. The WHIP for the St. Lucie team is 1.39, lower than Niese's 1.45.

In his last 10 games, Niese has shown improvement. His record's been 6-3 (increasing his W-L Percentage from .600 to .667). He's struck out almost one an inning (50 in 54.1), lowered his WHIP to 1.28, and his ERA from 4.86 to 4.64. His ERA when runners aren't on base has been exceptional: 0.48.

The Mets drafted Niese in the 2005 MLB Draft's seventh round. rates Niese as the Mets third-best pitching prospect, behind Mike Pelfrey and Philip Humber but ahead of Deolis Guerra.

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