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Jon Niese = Buehrle?  Pettitte?

Do you believe Jon Niese’s upside can be compared to Mark Buehrle or Andy Pettitte

All three are lefties that don’t throw very hard and live off the effective use of cutters and curves.  Furthermore, Buerhle & Pettitte are known to shut down the opposing running game, and similarly Niese has yet to allow a stolen base this year.  I know that Buerhle & Pettitte have amazing pickoff moves.  I honestly don’t know if Niese has a good one or not.  The fact that Niese hasn’t allowed a stolen base makes believe that his pickoff move might be half decent (not saying its anywhere near Buerhle/Pettitte level).

Anyways, here is a statistical comparison of the three at their age 23 seasons in the majors:

Andy Pettitte:4.17 ERA, 4.01 FIP, 1.41 WHIP, 5.86 K/9, 3.24 BB/9, 1.81 K/BB
Mark Buehrle:3.58 ERA, 4.00 FIP, 1.24 WHIP, 5.05 K/9, 2.30 BB/9, 2.20 K/BB
Jonny! Niese: 3.50 ERA, 4.11 FIP, 1.35 WHIP, 7.14 K/9, 3.00 BB/9, 2.38 K/BB

So what do you guys think?  Is it fair to compare Niese to Buerhle and/or Pettitte in terms of his long-term potential?  I believe they all have similar approaches on the mound (relying heavily on cutters), and have posted comparable numbers at the same age at/near the beginning of their MLB careers.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Thanks!

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