The Miami Marlins are going to have a lot to be excited for in Spring Training with its pitching talent. The first talent that the team has is 23-year-old LHP Adam Conley. Conley was selected in the second round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Marlins out of Washington State, and has since moved up the organizational ranks in the Marlins’ farm system.
Conley has flew up the ranks since debuting with the Gulf Coast Marlins in 2011. Last year, he spent all of 2013 with the Double-A Jacksonville Suns. He started 25 games for the Suns, going 11-7 with a 3.25 ERA. He struck out 129 batters while walking only 37. He recorded a 3.49 K/BB, 8.4 K/9 and 1.168 WHIP. His improvements are what the Marlins are looking at, and they could make him a great case to steal a spot on the Opening Day roster.
What makes Conley even better is that his confidence is growing. Even though he did not get his first win until May because of a pitch count limit set at 80, he understood his tasks at hand and started to realize that the organization cares about its pitchers. Conley said in an offseason interview with MILB.com that adversity and failure does not scare him, and that his ultimate goal is to crack the major league roster.
Conley has an outside chance to crack the rotation or join the bullpen as a long reliever to start the year. However, he will have to pass over guys with big league experience like Kevin Slowey and Brad Hand to get to that point. Conley has a lot of potential, and he can really start to show it in 2014.