IP 260
ERA 4.119
WHIP 1.396
BB/9 4.638
SO/9 7.962
  • Full name Brandon K. Finnegan
  • Born 04/14/1993 in Fort Worth, TX
  • Profile Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 216 / Bats: L / Throws: L
  • School Texas Christian
  • Debut 09/06/2014
  • Drafted in the 1st round (17th overall) by the Kansas City Royals in 2014 (signed for $2,200,600).
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    Even Finnegan's pitching coach, former big leaguer Kirk Saarloos, gives Carlos Rodon an assist for Finnegan's breakthrough junior season. TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle coached USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team last summer and brought the live-armed Finnegan with him despite an 0-8, 3.18 season. Finnegan rewarded his coach by running his fastball into the 93-98 mph range, and then became different pitcher when he learned a new slider grip from Rodon. He went from having a below-average breaking ball to a wipeout pitch. Finnegan hasn't quite had the same power he showed last summer, pitching more in the 90-95 mph range this spring, but his slider has power and late action. He still has his solid-average changeup and much more confidence now with his breaking ball. Scouts also point to improved pitchability as he has settled into the Friday starter routine as well. Finnegan is just 5-foot-11, 184 pounds, and his early departure from an April 25 start and subsequent skipping of a start with a stiff shoulder will raise durability concerns. He was scheduled to return to the mound for the final weekend of the regular season, and if he shows he's healthy could pitch his way back into the first 10 selections.

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