Congratulations to Brandon Finnegan, winner of the Frogs O' War 2014 TCU Athlete of the Year award! Brandon won with 791 votes, more than 200 votes ahead of second place finisher Trevone Boykin.
In 2014, Brandon Finnegan did something no other baseball player on the planet has ever done. That is, he pitched in a College World Series and MLB World Series in the same year. After a dominant spring, leading TCU baseball to their second College World Series appearance in four years, Finnegan was drafted No. 17 overall in the 2014 MLB Draft.
His unprecedented rise through the minor leagues resulted in a spot on the playoff roster for the Kansas City Royals, and led to several relief appearances in the World Series.
Finnegan, a junior, boasted a 9-3 record, and was third nationally in strikeouts (134) and K/9 (11.41). His 2.04 ERA was one of the best in the country, and he held opposing hitters to a .204 batting average against him. Finnegan finished third in preliminary voting with 18% (151 votes) of the total vote.
Finnegan recorded 11 quality starts (out of 17 starts) in 2014, going at least seven innings in nine games, and at least eight in three. Against Texas, Finnegan threw eight shutout innings while striking out 11, in what was arguably his best game of the season.
Of course, Finnegan was masterful on the road to the College World Series as well. In three starts (vs. Sienna, Pepperdine, and Virginia), Finnegan totaled 21 2/3 innings pitched, allowing just four earned runs while striking out 24.
Finnegan made four appearances for the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 MLB Playoffs, including one against the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.
We're having a (small) trophy made for Brandon, and as soon as it's ready we'll be figuring out how to get it to him.