Brandon Finnegan was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 45th round in the 2011 draft out of Southwest High School in Fort Worth Texas, however like most players drafted in these late rounds they decline to sign and go onto college. Which is exactly what Finnegan did; he went to Texas Christian University. He was then again drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 2014 just a few months ago. Most players who are drafted usually take a few years to develop their pitches and mature, that’s not the case with Brandon as the Royals have called him up just 3 months after he was drafted.
(Cont.) The #Royals will also select the contract of LHP Brandon Finnegan and recall OF Lane Adams following tonight’s game with Cleveland.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) August 31, 2014
In his first assignment he was sent to Class A Willingham Blue Rocks, where he went 0-1 with a solid 0.60 ERA in 15 innings with a strikeout to hit ratio of 13/5. The 21 year old earned himself a promotion after just 1 month as he moved up to AA Northwest Arkansas, where he sported a 2.25 ERA with 13K’s in 12 innings.
With a mid 90’s fastball with a lot of life, along with a tight mid 80’s slider and a good but still developing change up this relief pitcher has proved to himself and now his bosses that he is ready for the major leagues. With the Royals holding a slim 0.5 game edge over the Tigers for the AL Central and September all but here they could use every advantage they can get. With Finnegan Kansas City sees a big one for a playoff push for a city that is dying for the postseason.