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2015 Full Season Projections (seasonal age 21)
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Birth Date4-14-1993
Height5' 11"
Weight185 lbs
Age22 years, 0 months, 4 days
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ThrowsL
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0.22014
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WARP Summary

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YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2014 KCA 21 7 0 7.0 0.0 7.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 28 6 1 1 0 8 1 1 0 10 1.29 0.73 1.95 2.2 0.2
Career707.00.07.00101002861108110101.290.731.952.20.2

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2014 KCA MLB 7 0 7.0 1.95 153 .198 .257 .317 .393 .263 .353 101 2.2 0.2 2.2 0.2
2014 WIL A+ 5 5 15.0 3.65 106 .104 .259 .325 .380 .254 .121 82 2.2 0.2 2.2 0.2
2014 NWA AA 8 0 12.0 4.63 94 .287 .256 .318 .386 .257 .342 102 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2015 NWA AA 1 1 3.0 8.09 20 .376 .276 .319 .337 .240 .333 108 -0.8 -0.1 -0.8 -0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2014 KCA MLB 0 1 0 7 0 7.0 6 1 10 0 59% .353 7.7 1.3 0.0 12.9 1.00 1.29 2.2 0.2
2014 NWA AA 0 3 0 8 0 12.0 15 2 13 2 52% .342 11.2 1.5 1.5 9.8 1.42 2.25 1.0 0.1
2014 WIL A+ 0 1 0 5 5 15.0 5 2 13 1 50% .121 3.0 1.2 0.6 7.8 0.47 0.60 2.2 0.2
2015 NWA AA 0 1 0 1 1 3.0 5 2 3 1 31% .333 15.0 6.0 3.0 9.0 2.33 9.00 -0.8 -0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2014 121 0.5289 0.4628 0.6964 0.6250 0.2807 0.8250 0.3750 0.3036
Career1210.52890.46280.69640.6250.28070.8250.3750.3036

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 KCA $
2014 KCA $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 28 d1 year (2015)

Details
  • 1 year (2015). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/25/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Contract selected by Kansas City 9/1/14.
  • Drafted by Kansas City 2014 (1-17) (LSU). $2.2006M signing bonus (slot amount).

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .333 .333 .444 .270
11 vs R (Multi) .167 .211 .222 .164
18 Split (Multi) .167 .123 .222 .106
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.024 -.027 -.064 -.028
30 vs L (2014) .333 .333 .444 .270
31 vs R (2014) .167 .211 .222 .164
38 Split (2014) .167 .123 .222 .106
39 LgAvg (2014) -.020 -.022 -.062 -.025

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BP Articles

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Pre-Season Predictions: Staff Picks for 2015Baseball Prospectus2015-04-06
This article requires BP Premium accessSpring Training Notebook: Cactus League: March 17, 2015BP Prospect Staff2015-03-17
This article requires BP Premium accessPitching Backward: Every Team's Pitching Depth, RankedJeff Long2015-03-13
BP Experts Prospect Mock Draft: Rounds 8-10Bret Sayre2015-03-12
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: A Different Dynasty Top 101 ListBen Carsley2015-03-10
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessExpert League Auction Recap: CBS AL-OnlyKeith Cromer2015-03-02
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 175 Starting PitchersBret Sayre2015-02-27
The Lineup Card: Nine Spring Training Job Battles to WatchBaseball Prospectus2015-02-26
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Top 101 Dynasty League Prospects for 2015: Part 1: 51-101Bret Sayre2015-02-25
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Starting Pitcher Prospects for 2015Craig Goldstein2015-02-23
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2015 Prospects: 2015 Organizational RankingsBP Prospect Staff2015-02-17
2015 Prospects: 2015 Organizational RankingsJeff Moore2015-02-17
2015 Prospects: 2015 Organizational RankingsMark Anderson2015-02-17
The Top 101 Prospects of 2015: Sliced and DicedMauricio Rubio2015-02-16
The Top 101 Prospects of 2015: Sliced and DicedRob McQuown2015-02-16
2015 Prospects: Top 101 Prospects of 2015Nick J. Faleris2015-02-09
2015 Prospects: Top 101 Prospects of 2015BP Prospect Staff2015-02-09
2015 Prospects: Top 101 Prospects of 2015Chris Mellen2015-02-09
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Prospects: Kansas City Royals Top 10 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2015-01-26
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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Top 50 Dynasty League Signees: 2014 Draft ClassBret Sayre2015-01-06
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Team Preview: Kansas City RoyalsBen Carsley2014-11-19
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Team Preview: New York YankeesBret Sayre2014-11-11
Minor League Update: Games of October 24th-25th, 2014Jeff Moore2014-10-27
Playoff Prospectus: Never-Wrong Ned?R.J. Anderson2014-10-27
Playoff Prospectus: A Decade of Planning an Overnight SuccessMiles Wray2014-10-24
Playoff Prospectus: Royals Spit Hot Fire: World Series Game 2Zachary Levine2014-10-23
Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two PreviewZachary Levine2014-10-22
Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Giants vs. RoyalsSam Miller2014-10-21
This article requires BP Premium accessRaising Aces: Brandon Finnegan, the Debut AnteDoug Thorburn2014-10-17
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This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Sept. 8, 2014Daniel Rathman2014-09-08
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Call-Up: Brandon FinneganCJ Wittmann2014-09-02
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The Lineup Card: Seven September Call-ups We're Excited to SeeBaseball Prospectus2014-08-27
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: Our Top 50 Dynasty League ProspectsCraig Goldstein2014-08-13
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The Week in Quotes: June 23-29Morris Greenberg2014-06-30
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-04-06 20:15:00 (link to chat)You mentioned Grant Holmes as the 22nd pick signing for around what Kodi Medeiros signed for as a reason why the plan might not have been executed as expertly as it could have been. However Holmes signed for over slot and Medeiros signed for underslot. Who's to say Holmes would have signed for underslot had he gone 12th? People always rave about Monte Harrison while questioning Medeiros going so high. I just tell them to pretend their draft position was switched.
(Mokajige from Sheboygan, WI)
The point though is, they signed for the same amount of money. It's possible Holmes postured that he wouldn't sign for said amount and the Brewers believed him. I don't know that that's the case or not, but it would at least suggest that they didn't do enough homework then. Even so, it's possible they did their work and he just folded to LA where he wouldn't to MIL. Even if you want to play that game though, Brandon Finnegan (another possible LOOGY in the end) signed for even less than Medeiros ($2.206M), already reached the majors and might have a better shot at starting.

I'm not trying to take shots here, but hindsight being what it is, it looks like they could have come away with a better player at 12th overall, while still taking the shots they did on Harrison and Gatewood.

I don't think it's as simple as flipping their draft positions either. Harrison is a great prospect to have, but he's still extremely risky and even upon redraft, likely wouldn't go in the range you're talking about. (Craig Goldstein)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)5x5 AL only with OPS. keep 7 Major leaguers and 3 minors. can keep more minors in a Majors spot. Finished last season with Correa, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Tim Anderson, Brandon Finnegan, and Alfaro. Obvously keeping Correa, of the others who do you keep/drop/trade?
(JP from tx)
I keep Finnegan, and Anderson. I try to trade Alfaro and I'm ok with letting Chi Chi go. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you expect to see from Brandon Finnegan in 2015 if KC makes him a starter?
(Josh from Oakland)
I don't like Finnegan as a rotation bet -- the quality of his stuff fell of sharply in college as he worked deeper into games, and there are some lingering questions as to how he'll hold up physically in that role. I get wanting to see if there is a starter in there, but based on my evaluative history with the player and analysis of both the scouting side and analytics side, I don't think it's a profile likely to thrive as a starter. Doesn't mean it's impossible, it just isn't where I'd put my money.

For reference, I was a very strong proponent of Sonny Gray starting regardless of the constant questions regarding height, so it isn't just a physical bias on my part. (NL Central Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-11-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Better chance to succeed as a starter: Marco Gonzalez, Brandon Finnegan, or Edguardo Rodriguez?
(Sam from Louisville)
In this order:

1. Eduardo Rodriguez
2. Marco Gonzales
3. Brandon Finnegan

I like all three pitchers in their different ways, but I have a long history with Rodriguez and think he is at least a safe bet to provide value as a back end SP. I think the ceiling is higher than that obviously, but he has potential of three Solid-Average to Plus pitches from the left side. The velocity spikes at the end of the season are interesting, and it's a noticeable trend the past three years. I think it's important to keep that in mind when evaluating Rodriguez.

Finnegan is a question mark for me, I'll echo the thoughts of Faleris from his last chat. How does the stuff hold up over the course of the season? Is he more low-90's rather than touching 94? Either way, I've noted in the past that I still like Finnegan overall, but there is some volatility and risk with his role as a SP moving forward. (Tucker Blair)
2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)Brandon Finnegan or Jeff Hoffmen long term?
(Tommy G. from milwaukee)
Presuming health, I'm a big believer in Hoffman as a frontline starter. Finnegan is going to be a quality guy, but Hoffman should pass him by a fair margin. (Mark Anderson)
2014-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Brandon Finnegan be given a chance to develop as a starter now?
(Mario66 from Pittsburgh)
I'm sure he will. Honestly, I think he fits best in a bullpen, but I understand why they would move him back to the rotation.

This will sound crazy, but I think an argument can be made that the Royals have already made their value with that selection. Finnegan helped them get to a WS. While they did not bring the trophy home, he still played an integral part in the process. That's what the draft is for, right? It would be nice if he could now shift to the rotation, but we at least know for certain he can be a legitimate MLB RP. (Tucker Blair)
2014-10-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Ok I will start throwing so pitchers at you then. Besides Carlos Rodon, which pithers do you like best coming out of the 2014 draft?
(Scott from AZ)
I really like Tyler Kolek, who has awesome power and very strong stability. Touki Toussaint also has a good balance of power/stability in his delivery, though he lacks the power ceiling of Kolek in his delivery, but Toussaint has a very efficient path of kinetic energy. Brandon Finnegan is another high-power guy, and I always appreciate a young pitcher with strong momentum, while holding out hope that his organization let's him keep it.

On the jukebox: Guns n' Roses, "Civil War" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-10-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)Barring injury, next years KC rotation will have Duffy, Guthrie, Vargas and Ventura. While your crystal ball is broken: What's more likely for the "5th" starter, having a Brandon Finnegan prospect type there, or having a short-term veteran in the rotation with DD/JG/YV/JV?
(BH from Independence, MO)
You've heard about my crystal ball, eh?

I would say short-term veteran makes a ton more sense. Brandon Finnegan has been a solid reliever this last month. He has also made five (5) starts as a professional. All three were with Class A Wilmington. He needs seasoning. He'll be given a chance to win a job on the Opening Day roster next spring, but I would suspect you'll have to go to Springdale or Omaha to see him early next year. (Andy McCullough)
2014-10-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)How has Brandon Finnegan's postseason usefulness impacted his future role with the Royals? Do you think his long-term future is out of the rotation or the bullpen?
(RatedRookie from Atlanta)
I think the Royals have to give him every chance to be a starter. What he's doing this fall is great, and it fits the Royals need right now, so it works. But if they keep him in the bullpen next year just because he's good at it, they're cutting off their nose to spite their face. Most pitching prospects would excel in a bullpen role, perhaps not to this extent, but they would be good at it. I think he goes back to the minors and works towards being a starter. He can always go back to relieving if it doesn't work. (Jeff Moore)
2014-09-15 19:30:00 (link to chat)Does Brandon Finnegan have any fantasy value in the next 2 years? SP or Bullpen arm?
(Bart from New Jersey)
I think he'll have value in 2016 as a starter, yes. Don't count on him for a ton next year, though. I think he goes back to the minors and starts. (Ben Carsley)
2014-09-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who will have the better career Danny Duffy or Brandon Finnegan?
(Kevin G from Jacksonville)
As of today you'd have to go with Duffy because he's got a regular rotation spot and is pitching very well. Remember that he too was a big-time prospect before injuries slowed him, but he's still very young and has upside to grow. Finnegan has much to prove before he becomes the next... Danny Duffy? :-) (Cory Schwartz)
2014-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)I was a big fan of Brandon Finnegan before the draft. Do you think he's a rotation guy (like perhaps a left Marcus Stroman)? Ceiling as a #2 but most likely a consistent #3?
(Chris from Oakland)
So was I. I thought 60 FB, 55 SL, 55 CH. #3 starter ceiling, 7th/8th inning reliever floor. Nice player. (CJ Wittmann)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)From one Craig to another; Brandon Finnegan is off to a nice roll in his pro debut and has reached AA already. Rotation piece in the bigs? If he sticks what upside do you see out of him?
(Craig from DC)
AND WE'RE BOTH IN DC. Let's meet and be best friends sometime. I absolutely love Finnegan and have thought of him as a LHP version of Marcus Stroman. I definitely think he's a starter, and I think he can be what we think of Stroman as. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)How strong is the Royals crop of young arms including Kyle Zimmer, Miguel Almonte, Jason Adam, Christian Binford, Sam Selman, and new acquisitions Brandon Finnegan and Foster Griffin? BTW, what can you tell me about Selman as he doesn't seem to get as much press as the others? Cheers
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
it's very strong. I really like Almonte and believe Adam will continue to progress. I like Finnegan quite a bit too. if Zimmer could prove healthy, then the crop would be even stronger. Given the control problems, I am not convinced Selman is a starter long term, and that's the biggest reason you don't hear more about him nationally. (Mark Anderson)
2014-06-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which players drafted today could we see up in the Majors before the end of the season?
(Sheila from Daly City, CA)
Most likel options would be Nick Burdi, Nick Howard, Aaron Nola, maybe Brandon Finnegan.

Nick Gordon going fifth overall to the Twins. (Draft Day Chat with Nick J. Faleris)
2014-06-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see any players that could play in the majors now? Similar to Paco Rodriguez?
(Frank from KC)
Nick Burdi, depending on how many more innings he logs. Brandon Finnegan, if right, could add value now. Nick Howard has the stuff for it. Lindgren. Nola, if they wanted to push him.

Most likely would be Burdi/Howard/Lindgren/Finnegan, all depending on where they go. (Draft Day Chat with Nick J. Faleris)
2014-05-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)who do you hear the tigers targeting?
(sc from cali)
With the caveat that there are huge questions as to who will even be on the board, I think Nick Burdi is the obvious candidate with Brandon Finnegan a possibility if medicals check out. (Pre-Draft Chat with Nick J. Faleris)
2014-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank these SP from 2014 MLB Draft for the biggest upside: Luke Weaver, Erick Fedde, Sean Newcomb, Grant Holmes, Brandon Finnegan, Luis Ortiz,
(Silverback38 from VA)
Are these real people? Sorry, I don't do draft stuff. Not enough bandwidth to do majors, minors, AND amateur (Paul Sporer)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Brandon Finnegan has thrown 276 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2014 and 2015, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2015, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (93mph), Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Change (88mph), also mixing in a Slider (85mph).