Eric Niesen

Eric Niesen will begin the season on the inactive list, because he's suspended for three games to begin the 2011 season.? Now exhale, it's not a big deal.

He was suspended by the Eastern League suspension for a 2010 incident where he threw behind a batter and a bench clearing altercation ensued.

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Tim Teufel was on the Buffalo Bisons pre-season show with Ben Wagner.

There's some interesting stuff.

On the Bisons' roster:

"We had a revision today... Stinson and Gee, they'll probably be there.? There will be more moves, critical moves I'd call it."
On Kirk Nieuwenhuis:
"I think in the beginning of spring, he was in that funk stage where he was trying to find his timing.? He's a timing hitter.? It takes him a little bit longer than some guys who can walk right in ... He's got a lot of moving parts.? He's a big guy.? It takes a little bit longer for his timing."
On who's surprised him:
"...Niesen... I had him last year and he struggled.? He struggled with his full windup and everything.? They've revamped him and gave him a basic slidestep delivery without even worrying about the runner at first base.? He threw very well for me the other day.? Sharp slider, good fastball that the hitters have a tough time picking up. He kinda turned my head a little bit.
Niesen walked 60 and struck out 59 in 77 innings as a starter and reliever for the B-Mets in 2010 on the way to a 5.14 ERA.? Will keeping him in the stretch work?? It's a great Spring Training change.

Tags: Eric Niesen, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Toby Hyde
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I recently had the privilege to talk to Mets pitching prospect Eric Niesen. Niesen was drafted by the Mets in the 3rd round (99th overall) in the 2007 MLB Draft, out of Wake Forest University. In 2010, Niesen finished with a record of 4-6 with a 5.14 ERA for AA Binghamton. Niesen made 13 starts and 20 relief appearances.

On April 23, Niesen suffered a concussion after getting hit by a throw down to second by Luke Montz. Niesen would miss a month of action before returning on May 26. Here is the video of the scary incident.? Niesen would also go on to pitch for the Mesa Solar Sox of the AFL.? You can follow Eric on twitter @ericniesen

MD: Let's start with the freak injury that you suffered.? How are you feeling now, and talk about recovering from the concussion.

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Yesterday in the Arizona Fall League, three Met pitchers threw an inning of relief: Eric Niesen, Brad Holt, and Nicholas Carr.? This would normally not be notable except once again the pitchers were pitching in Peoria, which has Pitchf/x cameras installed.? Naturally one inning per pitcher results in a tiny sample size for each, but it's better than nothing, so let's take a look at the three pitchers today.

Brad Holt

Brad Holt has been a very frustrating pitcher.? In Brooklyn, and even part of last year his fastball was said to hit 94-95 and be a pitch that at worst made scouts think he might be a good reliever.? This year however, his results fell off a cliff and his velocity dropped.

Tags: Analysis, Arizona Fall League, Brad Holt, Eric Niesen, Nick Carr
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Today is opening day for the Arizona Fall League, with Brad Holt getting the call for the Mesa Solar Sox today against the Phoenix Desert Dogs.? Holt is looking to rebound after a disastrous (and thats an understatement) 2010 regular season.

Holt, the former 2008 1st round pick (33rd overall), finished his season 3-14 with a 8.34 ERA between AA Binghamton and A+ St. Lucie.? The most puzzling stat was he walked (79) nearly as many batters as he struck out (87).? His?BB/9 was a whopping 7.48!!!? After bursting on the scene in 2008, Holt's stock has fallen faster than an Aroldis Chapman fastball.? With all that being said, with a solid AFL campaign in front of numerous scouts and baseball front office personel, Holt has a chance to redeem himself and springboard into 2011.

Wishful thinking? Lets hope not.

Tags: Arizona Fall League, Brad Holt, Eric Niesen, Jordanny Valdespin, Kai Gronauer, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Nick Carr, Robert Carson
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According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY, the Mets have added hard-throwing RHP Brad Holt and Nick Carr and LHP Eric Niesen to their Arizona Fall League squad.? All three guys have shown plus fastballs in the minors, and all have struggled to throw strikes.? Both Carr and Niesen missed time this year with injuries.? It'll be nice to get pitch/fx readings on all three guys.

Holt, who will turn 24 on the second day of the AFL season on October 13, was the single biggest disappointment in the system in 2010.? The 33rd overall pick in the 2008 draft bombed out of AA with a 10.20 ERA in 30 innings only to struggle in the advanced-A Florida State League with a 7.48 ERA with 56 walks and 62 strikeouts in 65 innings.? Scouts reported varying velocities on Holt in AA, but the Mets claimed that his velocity was consistently better in the FSL than it was in AA.? Maybe the Mets saw something better from Holt in Instructional League, going on in Florida, that made the team think Holt was ready for the advanced hitters and tough pitching conditions in Arizona.

Coming off a strong finish to 2009 at AA, Niesen too had a disappointing 2010.? He began the year as a starter going 4-4 with a 3.63 ERA in 13 starts.? His peripherals were ugly:? he walked 41 batters and fanned 38 in 52 innings.? He missed a month, from April 23 to May 26 with a concussion after getting hit by a throw down to second by Luke Montz.? You can watch the video of the play here.? The Mets moved Niesen to the bullpen in the second half and he was strangely hittable, yielding 40 hits in 25 IP with 19 walks against 21 strikeouts.?? Check out this discrepancy: as a starter, Niesen allowed a .219 opponents' batting average on a .260 BABIP while as a reliever, opponents hit .360 against him with a .412 BABIP.? Wow.? Overall, Niesen prevented lefties from hitting for any power at all, hold them to a .296 slugging percentage as part of a .241/.396/.296 line while righties hit a much more robust .287/.408/.473 against him suggesting that he might end up as a left-handed specialist.

Tags: Arizona Fall League, Brad Holt, Eric Niesen, Nick Carr, Toby Hyde
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AAA: @ Columbus Clippers 11, Buffalo Bisons 8Tobi Stoner (5-9, 6.04): 4 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2? BB, 1 K, 4 HR.? That doesn't look like a guy who's big league ready, does it?

The slupping RF Fernando Martinez (.246/.306/.435) was 3-5 with a double.

2B Justin Turner (.301/.355/.440) had a monster night 4-4 with a double, two solo homers and a bomb.

Tags: 1-TextIcon, Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Eric Niesen, Fernando Martinez, Toby Hyde
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Friday, the Mets promoted LHP Robert Carson from St. Lucie to Binghamton to join the AA rotation, bumping LHP Eric Niesen back to the bullpen.? The 21-year old Carson had been pitching better and better in St. Lucie, but struggled in his AA debut, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks in four innings of work with four strikeouts.

The 24-year old Niesen had a 3.63 ERA as a starter, which masked his 41 walks against 38 strikeouts, which simply isn't good enough.? In his short professional career, Niesen has had trouble throwing enough strikes.? It appeared that Niesen had figured something out in St. Lucie last year when he walked just 6.7% of opposing batters, but he's gone backwards this year, with a walk rate of 17.3%, his highest since 2007! The chart below shows Niesen's walk and strikeout rates in his career.

Niesen, a reliever in college, said last year that sometimes he has trouble controlling his focus: "Somtimes as a competitor I get going a little bit and get too aggressive and get away from just executing pitches and start focusing on too big of a picture and I think the key is to just stay pitch-to-pitch,? he explained. ? Maybe coming out of the bullpen can help him stay in the moment.? Given his command issues, he was probably destined for the bullpen eventually.

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#11 SS Ruben Tejada

Why Ranked Here: His defense was ready for the big leagues, and his offensive game made major strides in 2009.

What Happened: Hitting almost .300 in AAA at age 20 is pretty nice.? Since, he?s hit .217/.298/.261 in 31 games in for the Mets while playing impressive defense. The glove is ahead of the bat, and his eventual ceiling is still hazy because of questions about his bat.

Stock: Pretty similar, actually.

Tags: Cesar Puello, Daily Recap, Eric Niesen, Francisco Pena, Jefry Marte, Juan Urbina, Kyle Allen, Ruben Tejada, Steve Matz, Top Prospects Series, Toby Hyde
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Bisons 2 @ Pawtucket 5 | Box

The Bisons (8-7) dropped the opener to the Red Sox affiliate, the third of a six game road trip. The offense was just 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 on base. Fernando Martinez was 0-for-2 with a SAC fly and RHP Tobi Stoner (0-2) took the loss after giving up 5 runs over 6 innings.

New Hampshire 2 @ Binghamton 3?| Box

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Friday, the Mets placed RHP John Maine on the DL with what's being called right shoulder weakness.? To take his spot on the roster, the Mets selected the contract of LHP Jon Switzer, who was 0-2 with a 2.31 ERA in 21 appearances out of the Buffalo bullpen.? Switzter had 29 strikeouts against nine walks in AAA.? Switzer hadn't allowed a run in his last six outings, a span of five innings.? Lefties were hitting .186/.222/.349 against him while righties hit .245/.344/.245.

Originally a second round pick of the Devil Rays in 2001, Switzer was 2-4 with a 6.11 ERA in 66.1 IP for the Rays between 2003 and 2007. In the majors in those years, Switzer had an unimpressive K/BB ratio of 43/36.

The Mets also promoted LHP Eric Niesen from Advanced-A St. Lucie to AA Binghamton Friday.? Niesen was 3-4 with a 3.28 ERA in 11 starts in the FSL.? In 57.2 IP, he'd fanned 49, walked 16 and given up 52 hits.? The timing of the move is a little odd in that he's coming off two of his worst outings of the year having given up nine runs in his last 7.2 innings of work.? The way I read this is that Brad Holt, who rolled his ankle, and, I've been told is not running yet, will miss more than one turn through the B-Mets rotation.

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Advanced A - Florida State League

@ Fort Myers 2, St. Lucie 1

The Miracle scored the winning run off Emary Frederick in the bottom of the ninth, but don't let that obscure a few nice Mets performances.

Tags: Eric Niesen, Ike Davis, Toby Hyde
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A+: FORT MYERS MIRACLE (4) @ St. Lucie Mets (2)RHP Jose De La Torre (L, 0-1) entered the game in the ninth trying to save a 2-1 game, but suffered his second blown save after surrendering three runs and three hits. LHP Eric Niesen started for St. Lucie and was very sharp, yielding an unearned run, three hits, and three walks while striking out five in five innings. St. Lucie's two runs both came via solo homers in the sixth inning from C Francisco Pena (1-for-3) and SS Reese Havens (1-for-4).

A: SAVANNAH SAND GNATS (5) @ Augusta GreenJackets (1)After scoring eighteen runs on Saturday, the Gnats bats stayed hot. SS Wilmer Flores (Pictured) was 3-for-4 as his average climped to .359 (14-for-39). 3B Jefry Marte was 2-for-4 with a run scored and a walk. Meanwhile on the mound RHP Eric Beaulac made his first start of the young season and was impressive. He went five shutout innings, yielding just two hits and a walk while fanning six. RHP Kyle Allen pitched the final four, allowing just one run, to pick up his first save.

Tags: Eric Niesen, Jefry Marte, Wilmer Flores