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Niese Wants to Get Back on Track

Jonathon Niese, Binghamton's 21-year-old left-hander, streaked to a hot start in 2008 but has since cooled due to inconsistency. As he battles through his first season in Double-A, he is learning about what it takes to become a more mature pitcher while simultaneously improving elements of his repertoire.

[Photo by Kate Kredo] After an offseason trade for Johan Santana, left-hander Jonathon Niese was left as the top starting pitching prospect in the Mets' system by default. Yet he made good on the designation in his first five starts for the Double-A Binghamton Mets this season: he allowed just two earned runs and struck out 22 in 25 1/3 innings. But something unbeknownst to the 21-year-old...