Kansas City Royals – No. 27
Born: April 14, 1993|
Fort Worth, Texas
|September 6, 2014 for the Kansas City Royals|
(through the 2014 season)
|Earned run average||1.29|
Career highlights and awards
Brandon Kyle Finnegan (born April 14, 1993) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). Prior to his professional career, Finnegan attended Texas Christian University (TCU) and played college baseball for the TCU Horned Frogs baseball team. He was drafted by the Royals in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft, and made his MLB debut that season.
Finnegan attended Southwest High School in Fort Worth, Texas. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 45th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign and attended Texas Christian University (TCU).
As a freshman in 2012, he pitched in 23 games with 11 starts. He finished the season 4–5 with a 3.47 earned run average (ERA) with 56 strikeouts in 62 1⁄3 innings. As a sophomore in 2013 he pitched in 16 games with 15 starts, going 0–8 but with a 3.18 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 79 1⁄3 innings. During the summer he pitched for the United States collegiate national team. After not winning a game during his sophomore season, he earned a victory in his first start of his junior season in 2014. During the season he missed a few starts due to a minor injury. He finished the year 9–3 with a 2.04 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 105 2⁄3 innings.
Finnegan was considered a top prospect for the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. The Kansas City Royals selected Finnegan in the first round, 17th overall, of the draft. He signed on June 28.
Finnegan was called up to the majors for the first time on September 1, 2014 becoming the first player from the 2014 Draft to be promoted to the majors. He made his major league debut on September 6 against the New York Yankees. He earned his first major league hold on September 22 by pitching a scoreless seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians. He made his MLB postseason debut in the AL Wild Card game vs the Oakland Athletics on September 30, 2014. He pitched 2 1⁄3 innings, allowing one earned run while striking out three in the extra innings victory.
On October 3, 2014, in the second game of the 2014 American League Division Series, Finnegan came in relief and picked up the 4-1 win, becoming the youngest relief pitcher in Royals postseason history to log a win. Finnegan became the first player to play in a College World Series and an MLB World Series in the same year when he took the mound in the seventh inning of Game 3 of the 2014 World Series.
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- Calcaterra, Craig (October 20, 2014). "Brandon Finnegan to be the first player to play in two World Series in one year". Hardball Talk. NBC Sports. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Brandon Finnegan on Twitter
- TCU Horned Frogs bio