Brandon Finnegan is set to join the Kansas City Royals today as the MLB rosters expand. Finnegan was drafted 17th overall by the Royals back on June 17th.
The twenty one year old left-handed pitcher started at the High A level with the Wilmington Blue Rocks where he started in five games. He then went to Double-A and appeared in eight relief appearances with Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Minor league team names have and always will entertain me. All together, Finnegan compiled a 1.33 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP in 27 innings innings pitched. His strikeout to walk ratio was also very impressive at 26 to 4.
This transition from college baseball to the professional level was rapid to say the least, but Finnegan has thrown very well through his appearances in the minors. Finnegan reported to Wilmington on July 10th, which makes his total amount of time spent in the minor leagues: 52 days. Even though it was a short term in the minors, his fastball and slider has been very impressive. Some scouts have said that Finnegan has the potential to be a number two starter for an MLB roster.
This exciting news comes with a lot of encouragement surrounding Finnegan from the Horned Frog community. From TCU's incredible run to the College World Series, to getting drafted in the first round and finishing off his summer by getting called up to play Major League Baseball, I think it is safe to say Brandon Finnegan has had a summer of a lifetime.