Finnegan Selected 17th Overall in MLB Draft

Brandon Finnegan was drafted 17th overall by the Royals.

Brandon Finnegan was drafted 17th overall by the Royals.

June 5, 2014


FORT WORTH - TCU junior left-handed pitcher Brandon Finnegan was selected by the Kansas City Royals with the 17th overall pick in the 2014 MLB First-year Player Draft. He is the third first-round pick in program history.

Finnegan has put together a tremendous career on the diamond. He has started 41 games as part of 54 career appearances. Finnegan boasts a 2.82 ERA with 264 strikeouts in 233 innings pitched. He has three complete games and has combined to shutout six opponents over the last three years.

This season, Finnegan was named a third-team All-American in addition to earning first-team All-Big 12 accolades. He is 8-3 with a 2.07 ERA in 15 starts. The junior leads the nation in K/9 at 12.02 and ranks eighth nationally with 122 strikeouts.

Finnegan spent the summer of 2013 with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, helping lead them to a 20-3 mark that included an historical five-game sweep of Cuba. He went 3-1 with a 1.14 ERA in six appearances. Finnegan paced the pitching staff with 23 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings while holding opponents to a .145 batting average.

2014 marks the second time that Finnegan has been drafted. Prior to coming to TCU, he was a 45th round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2011. He joins Lance Broadway (15th overall to the White Sox in 2005) and Andrew Cashner (19th overall to the Cubs in 2008) as the only first-round picks in TCU baseball history.

During his 11 seasons as TCU's head coach, Schlossnagle has seen 45 players drafted by 22 organizations. In total, the Horned Frogs have had 49 draft selections since 2004.

 

 


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