Former Cougar and current Florida Marlins pitcher Adam Conley is really making a name for himself so far this season. The 25 year old left-hander hurled 7.2 innings of no-hit ball last week and is off to a strong start as he solidifies his place in the Marlins rotation. He is sporting a solid 3.67 ERA and has recorded 28 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched. And we are starting to see tweets like these which show how bullish baseball insiders are on his future.
adam conley looks like potential star. similarities to chris sale. cant risk that for possible no-hitters vs. brew crew.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) April 30, 2016
The excellent baseball website FanGraphs spoke to Conley this week to find out what has changed for him this season. You can read the article here. In it Conley talks about seeing a picture at the end of last that showed him that his mechanics needed to be overhauled. After an offseason of getting back to basics his new mechanics have given him higher perceived velocity on his fastball and slider. The adjustment has also made it harder for hitters to pick up what kind of pitch is coming when he releases the ball. In addition, his spin rates are now above-average which allows for better movement. In the thin line between making contact and striking out in the major leagues, all of these small things can be huge for a pitcher.
We could be looking at the best Cougar baseball alumni in a long time. Another fun thing for WSU fans to get excited about.
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