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September 2, 2014

The Call-Up

Brandon Finnegan

by Craig Goldstein and CJ Wittmann


The situation: Right in the middle of the AL playoff race, the Royals find themselves looking for another left-handed arm out the bullpen. Insert 2014 first round pick Brandon Finnegan.

Background: Finnegan was taken 17th overall out of Texas Christian University this June, and will be the first player from this year's draft to debut in the majors. In 2014, Finnegan was named First-Team All Big 12, and Baseball America's Third Team All-American. He went 9-3 with a 2.04 ERA and 134 Ks.

He made his MiLB debut on July 10th with High-A Wilmington, where he threw two hitless innings at Potomac. Collectively across two MiLB levels, Finnegan has thrown in 13 games totaling 27 IP, with 26 Ks and 1.33 ERA.

Scouting report: Finnegan has a short, stocky frame. He is listed at 5-foot-11, 185, which is probably accurate. Scouts believe he will be a reliever long term because his body might not be able to withstand the longevity of a starter's workload.

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