Mandatory Credit: Robert M. Pimpsner
The reason that this spot is shared is because both relievers had fantastic outings during this past week. Let’s start with taking a look at Agnew-Weiland:
On Friday night, in a 5-2 loss, Agnew-Weiland had his best game of the year, striking out five of the seven batters he faced in two relief innings, giving up only one hit. The 24th round pick in the 2013 draft has 30 strikeouts this season, which is tied for third on the team in 30.1 innings pitched (fourth on the team). As a reliever, one of the main issues for Agnew-Weiland is the walks considering his total of 16 free passes is third on the team. However, with the exception of a three-walk performance against Mahoning Valley on August 9, he only has two walks in his last five appearances. He also has to avoid the crooked inning as he has given up two or more earned runs in five of his last nine appearances.
As for Carley, the 14th round pick in this year’s draft was dominant out of the bullpen against the Connecticut Tigers last Wednesday. In Game 2 of the doubleheader, Carley threw two hitless innings, striking out four of the six batters he faced. Carley also lit up the radar gun as he was hitting up to 96 miles per hour on his fastball. He does have a 7.20 ERA on the season and had given up a combined ten earned run in his last three outings before the Connecticut game.
Four of Carley’s last six games have been as a starter, but with the velocity that the 23-year-old pitcher can bring to the table, he could be a valuable short-inning reliever down the stretch for the Baby Bombers.