Miami Marlins Morning Catch: Young guns of Miami: Adam Conley


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Welcome to Young guns of Miami, an exploration into the pitching youth within the Marlins’ system

In dealing top pitching prospects Anthony DeSclafani and Andrew Heaney this off-season, the Miami Marlins made a clear statement regarding the trust of their other pitching prospects.

Among them was 25-year-old lefty Adam Conley. Solidly progressing swiftly through the minors, and with the Marlins’ playoff hopes all but dashed, Conley got the call up to the majors. In turn, he’s impressed. 

On Wednesday night, Conley dominated the Phillies’ offense, striking out eight and earning a no-decision in Miami’s 4-3 win. Conley kept the Philly offense off the base-paths until Darin Ruf reached during the fifth inning. This was clearly the rookie’s best start of his young career.

In his first taste of the majors, Conley has only surrendered 10 earned runs in his first 33 1/3 innings of work. He adjusted well to the big leagues; learning on the job and emerging as the Marlins most promising young pitching prospect. In his last two start, the 25-year-old has fired 13 innings of six hit, one run ball, striking out 14.

So with a good first impression, where does Conley fall in the Marlins future?

2016’s rotation is uncertain, so there’s a strong chance he sticks around in the Marlins’ rotation. His big X-factor are his strikeout numbers. A definite strikeout pitcher, Conley is not afraid to go right after hitters with uncanny confidence, especially for such a young pitcher.

Of the three surfaced Marlins pitching prospects (Conley, Jose Urena, and Justin Nicolino), Conley seems to be the safest bet to thrive in the majors. Also to his advantage, Conley’s floor seems to be the lowest of the three prospects. He has the potential to settle in as a quality three or four starter which is more than acceptable.

The future for this young pitcher is not mapped out. With so much uncertainty about which direction the Marlins’ season strategy will swing, it’s worth giving Adam Conley a look to break the 2016 rotation.

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