June 7, 2011
SECAUCUS, N.J. - The Florida Marlins selected Washington State University pitcher Adam Conley in the second round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Tuesday.
A junior, Conley was the 72nd overall pick, making him the seventh-highest Cougar selected in the June Amateur Draft since its inception in 1965.
"I didn't have any expectations about what team or what round I would go in so it was a relief to hear my name called," Conley said. "I immediately started thinking about Florida and its organization and I am really excited and feel blessed to have an opportunity with the Marlins."
A native of Olympia, Conley set a Washington State freshman record when he appeared in 25 games during the 2009 season while going 1-1 with one save. As a sophomore, Conley was 5-4 and tied a Cougar single-season record with 12 saves. His 29 appearances are tied for third on the Washington State single-season list.
In 2011, Conley recorded a team-leading six victories and struck out 83 with a 3.50 ERA. His 13-career saves are tied for third all-time at Washington State and his 70 appearances are sixth-best on the Cougar career list.
He is the third player from Washington State to be selected by the Florida Marlins joining Chad Miles (fourth round, 1994) and Paul Gran (seventh round, 2008). Gran is currently with Jacksonville (AA) in the Marlins' organization.
HIGHEST-DRAFTED COUGARS ALL-TIME (RANKED BY OVERALL SELECTION)
Player (Year, Round, Team, Overall)
Dave Wainhouse (1988, 1st, Montreal Expos, 19th)
Aaron Sele (1991, 1st, Boston Red Sox, 23rd)
Scott Hatteberg (1991, Compensation, Boston Red Sox, 43rd)
Randy Snyder (1988, 2nd, Milwaukee Brewers, 54th)
John E. Olerud (1965, 4th, Los Angeles Angels, 67th)
Don Long (1983, 3rd, San Francisco Giants, 70th)
Adam Conley (2011, 2nd, Florida Marlins, 72nd)
Don Crow (1979, 3rd, Los Angeles Dodgers, 76th)
Bob Williams (1969, 4th, Oakland A's, 79th)
John G. Olerud (1989, 3rd, Toronto Blue Jays, 79th)