The Miami Marlins came into this season knowing they wouldn’t compete for a playoff spot. It’s all about #Re2pectTheProcess this year. We did know that they would be sellers come trade deadline.
It should come as no surprise that J.T. Realmuto, Justin Bour, Dan Straily, and Starlin Castro would be trade acquisition targets for contenders. Miguel Rojas, Derek Dietrich, Kyle Barraclough, Drew Steckenrider, Brad Ziegler, and Adam Conley will also generate considerable interest.
Adam Conley, Specifically
Conley, while not traditionally a relief pitcher, has settled into the seventh/eighth-inning setup role quite nicely. His velocity is up by five MPH on all three of his pitches, the fastball, the slider, and the changeup. I’d say this has a lot to do with his retooled approach to attack the hitter rather than to save some for a multiple inning outing.
Last season for Conley was a train wreck, to put it bluntly. In 200 1/3 innings over 2015 and 2016, he had put up a 12-7 record, a 3.82 ERA, and a 1.363 WHIP with 183 whiffs. Nothing worldbeating, to be sure, but nevertheless decent numbers. In 2017, his WHIP ballooned to 1.519 and his ERA went to 6.14 despite his 8-8 record. He also allowed more hits than innings pitched, for the first time in his career. He surrendered 114 in 102 2/3 innings.
More from Marlins Rumors
- What can the Miami Marlins still do?
- Miami Marlins rumors: Ideal CF target
- Miami Marlins rumors: Trade for CF?
- Miami Marlins rumors: A signing we need
- Miami Marlins rumors: Is Bobby Dalbec a target?
This season, as a starter with the New Orleans Baby Cakes, Conley started out very badly. After three starts, he had allowed an opposing batting average of .488 to triple-A hitting, along with a 19.64 ERA. Something changed for him on or about April 20th. That’s when Conley dropped his ERA to 1.93 over his next five starts, and held batters to a .208 average.
But the Miami Marlins didn’t call Conley up to start. In 18 appearances out of the bullpen, he’s allowed just 10 hits and struck out 19, with a 0.833 WHIP and a 1.50 ERA.
While Conley wouldn’t fetch the asking price for say, Barraclough or Realmuto, there’s real potential for him to return a decent prospect haul. Although he’ll be arbitration eligible for the 2019 campaign, the Miami Marlins own his rights until 2022.
Thanks for reading. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to our daily newsletter for even more Miami Marlins.