Aug 31

Brandon Finnegan gets the call…

Finnegan 1st from 2014 draft to reach majors

Brandon Finnegan will be joining a pennant race Monday. (USATSI)

The first player from the 2014 MLB draft to join a Major League Baseball team will be left-handed pitcher Brandon Finnegan, as the Royals have announced that he’ll join the team when rosters expand Monday.

Finnegan, 21, was Kansas City’s first-round selection in the June draft, being taken 17th overall.

Since then, Finnegan made five starts for High-A Wilmington and followed that up with eight relief appearances for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. In all, Finnegan has a 1.33 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 26 strikeouts against only four walks in 27 innings.

Here was our draft capsule for Finnegan back in June:

Finnegan’s fastball sits in the low-to-mid-90s and now — thanks to an assist from Team USA teammate and third overall pick Carlos Rodon — rocks an impressive slider. He also mixes in a change. Due to his size (5-foot-11, 184 pounds), there have been some durability concerns. (He did miss a few starts with shoulder trouble this spring.) Still, some scouts see him as a No. 2 starter in the majors eventually, and with pitching at such a premium these days, that’s pretty attractive.

Expect the Royals to use him out of the bullpen this September as they look to make the playoffs for the first time since 1985.

Jan 22

Finnegan Adds Preseason Honor…

Brandon Finnegan
FORT WORTH – TCU baseball junior pitcher Brandon Finnegan was tabbed a second-team preseason All-American by Perfect Game. The preseason accolade is his second of the year as he was also tabbed by Louisville Slugger.
Finnegan, a 2013 Big 12 honorable mention performer, led the Horned Frogs with 86 strikeouts in 79.1 innings pitched. In 16 appearances, he posted a 3.18 ERA and held opponents to a .257 batting average against.
He spent the summer representing the USA as a member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. Finnegan went 3-1 with a 1.14 ERA in six appearances for the national team. Baseball America recently tagged Finnegan as the 13th ranked prospect for the upcoming 2014 MLB draft.
The junior is just one of two Big 12 athletes to earn preseason recognition from Perfect Game, joining Kansas State’s Ross Kivett.
The baseball season is fast approaching as the team will begin spring practice on Jan. 24 in preparation for the season-opener on Feb. 14. The Horned Frogs open the campaign with a four-game homestand that includes a three-game series against Jacksonville and a midweek contest against Northern Colorado. 
Apr 30

Finnegan Earns USA Baseball CNT Invite…

Brandon Finnegan has earned a spot on the Collegiate National Team this summer. Brandon Finnegan has earned a spot on the Collegiate National Team this summer.

FORT WORTH – TCU sophomore pitcher Brandon Finneganwas been invited to the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. He becomes the fifth player in school history to earn a spot on the squad.

“Brandon has more than earned this opportunity to represent TCU and our great country in international play,” said head coach Jim Schlossangle. “He has worked hard, matured and competed his way to becoming one of the premier left-handed pitchers in the college baseball. I am excited for him to have this great life experience.”

Finnegan has put up outstanding numbers on the mound this season. His 2.12 ERA in 11 starts ranks eighth in the Big 12, while his 65 strikeouts are the second-most for a pitcher in the conference. He has been even better in conference play, leading the team with a 1.15 ERA to go along with 42 strikeouts in 39 innings pitched.