I was just getting ready to write a report on Adam Conley, who is sporting a 5-2 record with a 3.05 ERA at AAA New Orleans. This is a clear improvement over his previous numbers at AAA. We looked at Conley’s status within the organization in the wake of the Dodgers’ deal that netted Dee Gordon.
As it turns out, the Marlins have seen enough, too. They are giving Conley a call up opting over their more celebrated lefty prospect, Justin Nicolino. Friday, Conley struck out 8 in 7.1IP and only walked 1 batter on his way to his 5th win on the season.
Bryan Morris is being sent to the DL with a lower back strain, which he suffered in the series against the Rockies. Conley is being slated to pitch out of the bullpen in his spot, possibly serving as a LOOGY specialist or even as a spot starter.
According to the Olympian, Conley was not satisfied with his success at AAA but looking forward to a potential call up soon. “If it takes time, then I’m willing to take the time,” Conley said. “I’m going to do what I can now every day to prepare now for when that day comes. I don’t know when that day is, or when that day ever comes.”
Conley has long been on our radar as a potential prospect. He was regarded with as much talent as Andrew Heaney, but he suffered an injury which essentially set him back. His eventual rise the MLB level has been delayed, but his potential remains in tact. In fact, it will be interesting to keep an eye on his development. With Brad Hand finding his way into the starting rotation, perhaps Conley can find a similar path down the road.
The clock, for Conley, officially will start tonight as he will step into the light against the Blue Jays.