Jun 17, 2014; Omaha, NE, USA; TCU Horned Frogs pitcher Brandon Finnegan (29) delivers a pitch against the Virginia Cavaliers during game eight of the 2014 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Virginia defeated TCU 3-2 in 15 innings. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Finnegan Could Pitch for the Royals This September

Yesterday, it was announced that the Kansas City Royals have signed seventeenth overall pick Brandon Finnegan. Finnegan will reportedly receive the full signing bonus allotment for his slot, just over $2.2 Million, and will begin his professional career with the Wilmington Blue Rocks in approximately ten days.

At the introductory press conference, there was the typical banter about how Finnegan plans on getting as high up the system as possible and how he has confidence that he will be able to contribute at the major league level soon. Dayton Moore stated that they expect Finnegan to excel and get professional hitters out, as one would expect from a first round pick. Hardly anything new worthy there.

However, there was one section that stood out. Even though the Royals plan on limiting Finnegan to approximately 45 to 50 innings this summer, they have not stated at what level he will be pitching those at. Even though Finnegan is initially ticketed for Wilmington, that does not mean that he will stay in Delaware long. In fact, if Finnegan performs well, he could even see time in Kansas City this year.

“It’s about winning in the major leagues,” Moore said. “We’re going to use all our of players and all of our resources to do that.”

Of course, for Finnegan to arrive at the major league level, a lot would need to go right. He would likely need to get hitters out at multiple levels along the way, dominating both at Wilmington and in Arkansas at minimum. Finnegan’s injury concerns, which caused him to time in April and May, would need to be a thing of the past. Then, the Royals would need to have room for Finnegan on the 40 man roster to bring him up.

It could certainly happen. Players have been drafted and gone on to appear the the majors that same year. Despite being a starter in college, perhaps Brandon Finnegan can turn into a reliever for the Royals this season, using his mid 90′s fastball and slider to be an effective left handed option in the bullpen. With the struggles the Royals have had with left handed relievers not named Francisley Bueno this season, there would potentially be a spot open for him.

Should the Royals find themselves in playoff contention this season, Dayton Moore appears to be willing to keep all of his options open. One of those options could be using Brandon Finnegan in the bullpen when rosters expand in September. If that happens, this year’s draft class could pay almost immediate dividends.

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  • Redblack564

    He will have arm trouble within 2 years. Look at the picture of him , he has the classic reverse W with arms while delivering. Most if not all pitchers who have this have arm trouble. Steven Strauseberg is a good example

  • Stan Colbert

    I was thinking y-day during that rain delay. Have the Royals made a move in the last year that has actually improved the club? I guess Vargas, (not signing Santana). Yost won’t play Valencia, so hard to tell over Lough. Has Aoki been better than Lough? Plus we gave a decent reliever to get him. Ciriaco and Maxwell can’t get on the field long enough to show what they got. Infante maybe, but outplaying Bonifacio? We gave up that back up catcher who could at least get on base.

    • unclejesse40

      I think Vargas plus comp pick was a better gamble than Santana extension. Santana over his career has been a roller coaster that when he good he is really good and when he is bad he is below replacement level. I really liked Lough when he was here but I think it was a decent gamble on a guy in hopes that Valencia/Moose platoon would make an average player. Ciriaco I think has value because he can literally play every position and not suck horribly. Maxwell is a good 4th outfielder but I don’t get the feeling that he is an everyday player. He seems like the type of guy that gets traded this year for a lefty reliever. As for Infante, I like him long term over Bonifacio. He has pop and plays good defense. Injuries have been his issue in the past and they are what is hurting him this year. So if we have 4 years of injuried Infante than this contract isn’t going to be a very good one, not crippling, but one that hurts a team like the Royals. I 100% agree with you on Kottaras, I get that he might have a bad attitude but I also think that we play Salvy way to much and it is going to bite us really hard one of these days when he is out for half a season after knee surgery.

  • unclejesse40

    I am going to be really upset with this team if Finnegan is treated the same way Crow was. Let him prove he can’t be a starting pitcher before you rush him to the bigs just to keep him in a role that isn’t worthy of a 1st round pick.