The Marlins dealt two of their best in the stable of left handed starters they were grooming in Brian Flynn and Andrew Heaney. Yet, they still have two more solid prospects in Justin Nicolino – their organizational player of the year – and Adam Conley.
Yep, Adam Conley.
Once a promising prospect, from 2012-2013 Conley put up pretty impressive numbers shifting between A and AA. Once he got to AAA New Orleans, Conley had some trouble with the adjustment. He suffered a triceps strain last season and hadn’t thrown after July 20th. He saw his numbers shoot up across the board, his 50 Ks in 65.1 IP were impressive and right within his career averages, but his .286 BAA along with 1.56 WHIP and 1.21 GO/AO ratios were all strong upticks. Still, the sample size is rather small at only 13 appearances (12 starts) and his command could use work.
With Heaney and Flynn gone, a stronger look will be given at Nicolino and Conley. Conley has seemed to have slipped under the radar but the Marlins’ brass is expecting he will be ready for Spring Training and fully healthy. With a fastball that approaches 100MPH, Conley could be look at as a potential starter but as a lefty specialist (LOOGY). Something else to keep in mind when evaluating the Heaney/Dee Gordon deal.