With the Steven Matz waiting in the wings the end could be near for Jonathon Niese, with the Mets in desperate need to add bats to there line up in the summer they are going to have to give up some of there pitching to get the job done. Niese would be my choice to go, with a team friendly controlled contract of $5,103,900 running until 2015 there should be no shortage of interested parties.
Niese visits the DL far to often for me and his lack of composure and concentration have cost him on more than one occasion. Do not get me wrong on his day Niese can be lights out and a joy to watch but little things seem to bother him and get under his skin and he starts missing his spots and ends up throwing over the plate far too often. Niese so far this season has gone 5-7 with a decent ERA of 3.24 and the starter has lost his last three starts going 6 innings against the Seattle Mariners giving up 6 hits and 4 earned runs, 5 innings for 11 hits and 3 earned runs against the Brewers and 8 innings 9 hits for 3 earned runs against the Giants. The thing that Niese brings to the rotation that none of the others do is the fact he is a lefty. Enter 6'2'' left hand pitcher Steven Matz, Matz drafted in the 2nd round 72nd overall by the Mets has been making a name for himself in the Mets minor league system, rated 9th best prospect in there system. Matz who overcome Tommy John surgery in 2012 spent the 2013 season with the Mets A affiliate Savannah Sand Gnats going 5-6 pitching 106.1 innings for an ERA of 2.26. Matz started this season with the Mets A affiliate ST Lucie going 4-4 with a 2.21ERA and a OPP AVG of .255. Matz earned a promotion to the Mets AA affiliate Binghamton were the progression continued. So far Matz has gone 4-2 with a 3.27ERA and a OPP AVG of .264.
Matz fastball sits in the low 90's with a maximum of 96mph, with his impressive movement he creates a lot of groundballs. I expect Matz to be with the Las Vegas 51s next season and at some point to be knocking on the door of the big club.
With the amount of starters the Mets have in Gee, Niese, Harvey, Wheeler, Colon, Syndergaard, Montero and deGrom someone has to go. With the emergence of Matz my choice would be Niese.
Lets Go Mets