The comparison of Niese to Gonzalez and Hamels is interesting. Although I agree with you that Niese doesn't quite stack up to either, he is pretty close. They both matured earlier than Niese and had more innings under their belts and had slightly better stats by the time they reached age 25, but if you look at their performance at age 25:
Originally Posted by Sick Of It All
- - - - - - Year - IP - - ERA - - WHIP - K/9 - BB/9
Hamels - 2009 - 193.2 - 4.32 - 1.286 - 7.8 - 2.3
Gonzalez 2011 - 202.0 - 3.12 - 1.317 - 8.8 - 4.1
Niese - - 2012 - 190.1 - 3.40 - 1.172 - 7.3 - 2.3
Although I would not trade him, it seems to me that Niese would bring a damn good return in a trade, close to what the A's got for Gio.
Former B'klyn Dodger fan. Mets Maniac since 1962.