Conley got the final out of Thursday's 9-2 win over Atlanta.
The southpaw entered the game after Tayron Guerrero ran into trouble and got Charlie Culberson to pop out, but Conley had to work for it in a seven-pitch at-bat. The usage highlights how far down in the bullpen pecking order he has fallen after being considered a potential closing option in the spring -- his last hold came in late May, and he's been deployed in increasingly low-leverage spots ever since. On the season, Conley has a 6.56 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 41:18 K:BB through 46.2 innings.
Conley gave up one hit and struck out seven over three scoreless innings of relief in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals.
The southpaw has had a mostly rough 2019, sitting with a 7.20 ERA even after Tuesday's performance, but this was still an encouraging outing for Conley. The Marlins have plenty of rotation depth and aren't likely to start experimenting with openers or bullpen days, but given that he's a converted starter, using Conley as something other than a traditional one-inning setup man could be an option for the club in the second half.
Conley (1-7) took the loss Wednesday as the Marlins fell 2-1 to the Cardinals, giving up a walkoff solo home run to Paul Goldschmidt in the 11th inning.
The Marlins were hoping Conley could emerge as a late-inning shutdown weapon for their bullpen this season, but instead the left-hander has been a disaster, stumbling to an 8.00 ERA and 1.74 WHIP through 27 innings with a 23:12 K:BB. Conley's been taken deep in three of his last five appearances and been scored upon in six of his last nine, and there's no reason to have him anywhere near a fantasy roster right now even as a speculative saves play.
Conley earned the save Saturday by recording the final two outs in a win over the Mets.
Conley entered the game with the bases empty but things weren't easy as he needed 15 pitches for the pair of outs despite retiring both batters he faced. The save is the 28-year-old's second in as many chances, with the first coming on April 6. Conley has a 6.48 ERA and 1.62 WHIP but is likely to continue being utilized as a high-leverage option by the Marlins.
Conley (1-3) picked up the win Monday over the Cubs, giving up a hit and striking out one in a scoreless eighth inning.
The Marlins were down 4-3 when the southpaw took the mound, but three runs in the top of the ninth turned things around and gave Conley his first win of the year. He now sports a 6.39 ERA, 1.82 WHIP and 12:4 K:BB through 12.2 innings, but Miami will likely continue to use him in a high-leverage role given the upside he's shown since transitioning to the bullpen.
Conley faced one batter in Friday's win over the Nationals, getting Juan Soto to pop out to record his third hold of the season.
The lefty remains firmly in the late-inning mix for the Marlins despite his 7.71 ERA and 2.14 WHIP through seven innings. Conley has made 10 appearances and has a save to go along with his holds, although he's also been tagged with two losses. His poor ratios are at least partially due to bad luck -- he has a .423 BABIP against -- and Conley's 96.2 mph fastball average is the highest of his career, so his numbers should improve over the summer.
Conley gave up a hit and a walk while striking out one in two-thirds of an inning to record his first save of the season in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Braves.
The Marlins' bullpen remains a muddle when it comes to who might close on any given night, but Conley is firmly in the mix for high-leverage work. The lefty now has a save, a hold, and a 3:2 K:BB in 3.1 innings over four appearances.
Conley (0-1) took the loss Friday against the Rockies, allowing one run on two hits in an inning of relief.
The southpaw took over to begin the seventh inning in a 1-1 game, and the Marlins were never able to get the run back, eventually falling 6-1. The team's closer picture got no clearer in this one, as manager Don Mattingly used all three of his presumed save options in non-save situations -- Drew Steckenrider emerged unscathed from the eighth, and Sergei Romo got hammered in the ninth. Conley, as the only lefty in the trio, should at least be assured of a handful of chances in matchups against left-handed batters, but all three should only be considered supplementary sources of saves at best until one of them emerges from the pack.
Conley struck out two and gave up a hit in 1.2 scoreless innings during Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets.
The southpaw now boasts a 7:1 K:BB through 7.1 spring innings, with the only two runs he's allowed coming on solo shots. Conley should be a key part of the late-inning mix in the Marlins' bullpen this season, but whether that role leads to significant save totals, or a more Andrew Miller-like usage, remains to be seen.
Conley is considered a frontrunner to split the closer's role in 2019, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Conley was the lone southpaw named, while righties Drew Steckenrider and Sergio Romo were also mentioned. Manager Don Mattingly suggested the Marlins will approach the ninth inning based on matchups, meaning Conley could see occasional save chances when the situation calls for a southpaw. The 28-year-old held his own in his first full season as a reliever, compiling three saves to go with a 4.09 ERA and 8.9 K/9 in 50.2 innings.
Conley signed a one-year, $1.125 million contract with the Marlins on Friday to avoid arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Conley saw his first extended action out of the bullpen with the Marlins in 2018, after serving as a starter the previous three years. The 28-year-old had a 4.09 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 50:18 K:BB over 50.2 innings and is likely to begin the season in a middle relief role for Miami.
Conley picked up the save Monday against the Nationals after striking out one in a perfect ninth inning.
Conley struck out the first batter of the inning and induced flyballs for the finals two outs of the ballgame. Drew Steckenrider was likely unavailable after pitching in each of the last two games, so Conley was called upon in a save situation. The 28-year-old has 16 holds and three saves on the season to go along with a 4.37 ERA and 46 strikeouts over 47.1 frames.
Conley pitched a scoreless ninth inning Friday to record his second save of the season in a 1-0 win over the Braves.
The last time the southpaw faced Atlanta he got tagged for five runs in two innings, so this was a definite improvement. Conley's 4.08 ERA on the season isn't great, but his 40:17 K:BB in 39.2 innings should keep him in the late-inning mix for the Marlins.
Conley allowed a hit while recording one out via strikeout on his way to his first save of the year Friday against the Rays.
Conley surrendered a single that advanced the tying run to second base, but he managed to fan Daniel Robertson to end the game. Conley has pieced together five consecutive scoreless relief appearances and sits with a 2.84 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 31 strikeouts over 25.1 innings this season.
Conley (2-0) struck out two in a perfect seventh inning Monday to record the win in a 7-5 victory over the Giants.
The left-hander's been impressive out of the bullpen since his return to the majors in mid-May, posting a 1.86 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 12:2 K:BB in 9.2 innings over nine appearances to go along with his two wins and a hold. Conley is developing into a key part of the Marlins' relief corps, giving him fantasy value in formats where high-K bullpen arms are worth rostering even if they don't provide saves.
Conley is envisioned as an Andrew Miller-like bullpen weapon by Marlins manager Don Mattingly, in large part because of his improved velocity in a relief role, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. "You see Andrew Miller, guys like that, in Cleveland, with that [arm] angle," Mattingly said. "He had trouble starting, but when you put him out in the 'pen, he became dominant."
The team hasn't completely ruled out transitioning Conley back into a starting role down the road, but the left-hander has certainly looked the part of a shutdown relief ace since getting called up from Triple-A New Orleans earlier in the week, reeling off three scoreless appearances with a 3:1 K:BB while averaging 94.9 mph with his fastball. The 28-year-old may not find himself as part of the closer mix in Miami, but he could still provide fantasy value in deeper formats if he develops into a high-K, high-leverage reliever capable of working more than one inning at a time.
Conley was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Friday, Matthew DeFranks of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Conley was optioned to New Orleans before the start of the season after an unimpressive showing in spring training. The left-hander -- who turns 28 next week -- has similarly struggled at Triple-A this year with a 5.18 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and only 25 strikeouts across 40 innings (eight starts). The left-hander should be used out of the bullpen for the Marlins and is unlikely to provide much in terms of fantasy value.
Conley was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on Friday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
He logged a 5.40 ERA with three strikeouts in 10 innings this spring, and that mediocre performance resulted in him losing out on a spot in the big-league rotation for the start of the season. Conley isn't good enough to stash in most formats, as the bulk of his fantasy value hinges on quantity of innings and a chance at wins. Jose Urena, Dan Straily, Justin Nicolino, Odrisamer Despaigne and Sandy Alcantara seem to be the favorites to break camp in the rotation, Craig Mish of Sirius XM speculates.
Conley remains in the running for one of the Marlins' three open rotation spots despite being less than impressive so far this spring, Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald reports.
The 27-year-old lefty has only a 2:1 K:BB through eight spring innings, and while Conley might have more big-league experience than most of his competition, his career 4.60 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 6.3 K/9 might encourage the Marlins to go in another direction if he can't produce more positive numbers over the rest of camp.
Conley will compete for one of the Marlins' final three rotation spots in spring training, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Manager Don Mattingly confirmed Dan Straily and Jose Urena will reprise their respective roles in the Marlins' rotation, but beyond that, he left the competition wide open for the remaining three spots. Conley should be viewed as one of the favorites to earn one of the spots given his previous experience in the big-league rotation, though he's coming off a brutal 2017 campaign (6.14 ERA across 102.2 innings) and will need to pitch better in spring training if he wants to break camp in the team's rotation.
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