Tonight we all get a look at the 21 year old lefty that many out there hadn't heard of until we dealt our best prospects away to get our hands on Johan Santana. Here is a small breakdown of what you will see from the young fireballer.
Niese is a 6'4" lefty that has gotten the ball up around 95mph but normally will sit around 90 with his fastball. He can actually throw 6 different pitches but the Mets have finally gotten him down to 4 that he can get over for strikes (he has what some consider the best sinker in the minors, his curveball is above average, he has a very solid splitter and has made alot of progress with his change-up which can come in around 79-81 mph) consistantly. The kid can strike people out and doesn't give up too many walks. He has pretty good control and some people out there compare him to a young Al Leiter. Here is a link if you care to check out his minor league stats: http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/
I could go on and get more in-depth with his makeup and such but this little overview should give you a little perspective on the kid. If there is any concern it is that his innings are already over 160 for the season and I'm not sure just how far we want to push him. In the end, we are probably looking at a very solid middle/back-end of the rotation starter that could possibly develop into more. I think we should see a solid outing from him this evening because he doesn't give up the longball and likes to sit people down (144K/58BB ratio in the minors this season). Omar Minaya to this point actually deserves a little credit for holding onto the kid as he will probably, barring any setbacks, make our rotation next spring.