After starting the season on the rotation, the Miami Marlins will see what Adam Conley has learned from his return to AAA this season.
The Miami Marlins are desperate for starting pitching. That isn’t news. On Tuesday, they’ll give left-hander Adam Conley another shot. That’s kind of news. If you’ve followed the team this season, you knew that it was inevitable at some point.
Conley will get second chance for the fourth or fifth time on Tuesday. The decision by the Miami Marlins was the best available of several lame-duck options. When he takes the mound at the Major League level against the Phillies, he’ll be there by way of attrition.
With lackluster numbers in AAA, Conley has been recalled to Major League Baseball.
The move isn’t an ideal one for the Fish, but it was necessary none the less. Conley is 27 years old now, and has all but shed the “prospect” label. His latest call up will be for the rest of the year, in what likely amounts to an audition for his future with the ball club.
Conley has already logged 42 starts at the Major League Level, and sports a career 4.28 ERA. It will take a serious turnaround to finish with respectable numbers this year.
In six starts , Conley has pitched 28.2 innings and allowed 24 earned runs. His 2-3 record is accompanied by an eye-popping 7.53 ERA. The team expected him to take a decisive stop forward this season. Now, he’s playing for a spot on the team next year.
Conley moving forward
The Miami Marlins still have team control over Adam Conley for a number of seasons. He has logged only 1.070 years of MLB service time, and the team wants him to figure it out. Conley has only show flashes of the potential that made him a second round selection.
The clock hasn’t finished ticking on him yet. And if he is able to put together a string of games that finish with a game score in the 55-65 range, the team will be convinced. Otherwise, they might look to move him in a package with more established players.
It’s no mystery that the Marlins will be looking to add talented young players to their farm system. They might be able to upsell his value to a team who believes all that he needs is a change of scenery.
As of Tuesday, Adam Conley is a Major League pitcher for the Miami Marlins. He’ll take on a Phillies lineup that has only managed to slug their way to 30 wins this season.