Adam Conley parlayed a promising second half in 2015 to a rotation spot in 2016, taking a regular turn until he was felled in early August with left third finger tendinitis. The southpaw recovered in time to make three starts to close the season, capping what must be considered a disappointing campaign, at least in terms of WHIP as Conley's walk rate surged to an unsightly 4.2 BB/9. This won't work for a hurler sporting a strikeout rate a tad above league average. However, it should be noted based on the percentage of balls Conley threw, a BB/9 in the 3.3 range was expected. This is still high but certainly palatable. Assuming Conley can cut down on the free passes, and the metrics along with history are in his favor, he's a mid-rotation MLB arm and back-end fantasy starter who rarely pitches more than six frames. That can be an asset in mixed leagues, especially since streaming for home starts in pitcher-friendly Marlins Park provides a nice safety net.
Conley altered his diet and workout routine this offseason in an effort to improve his stamina in 2017, The Sun-Sentinel reports. "I was born a tall skinny guy," Conley said. "Rather than try to change that, I'm going to use what I have to the best of my ability and just be as strong and as durable as possible." A finger injury cost him over a month of action in the second half last year, but more worrying was a drop in velocity -- after occasionally touching 97 mph with his fastball in April, he wound up averaging just 91.0 mph on the season. If Conley can maintain his heat into the summer, the 26-year-old could improve on his career-high 8.4 K/9 in 2016, but he'll also need to work on his 4.2 BB/9 if he's going to take a significant step forward in his development.
Conley (finger) threw three shutout innings against the Mets on Monday, allowing just a pair of hits and a walk while striking out two in his first start since coming off the DL. The Marlins were clearly planning on using the bullpen heavily Monday, as they pulled their young left-hander after three shutout innings and just 45 pitches in his first start since Aug. 14. Conley was 8-6 with a 3.94 ERA in 24 starts before landing on the DL, and showed no signs of rust in his return. He's lined up to start against the Nationals in the final game of the regular season Sunday, although its quite possible his upside will be limited with a pitch count as it was Monday.
The Marlins activated Conley (finger) from the disabled list Monday, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports. Conley is set to return to action after missing nearly a month and a half with his finger injury. He will jump right into the Marlins' rotation Monday night and take the ball against the Mets, a team he has limited to just two runs in 12 innings over two starts this season.
Conley's (finger) scheduled start for Sunday against the Braves was pushed back after the game was cancelled following the tragic death of teammate Jose Fernandez. Fernandez, 24, was one of three people pronounced dead Sunday morning after a boat crash off of Miami Beach. One of the game's most magnetic stars and transcendent talents, Fernandez is a devastating loss for the organization and the sport as a whole, so Major League Baseball wisely decided to give the Marlins some time to grieve his loss. Conley, who was scheduled to come off the DL and start Sunday for the first time since Aug. 13, is now in line to take the hill Monday against the Mets, a rotation spot originally reserved for Fernandez.
Conley (finger) will come off the DL to start Sunday's game against the Braves, the Miami Herald's Clark Spencer reports. Those who have been holding onto Conley will be rewarded with a favorable start against the Braves on Sunday, followed by a possible second start before the end of the season against the Nationals next weekend. Jose Fernandez was pushed from Sunday to Monday to accommodate Conley's return.