Royals' top pick Finnegan makes debut

Royals' top pick Finnegan makes debut

Left-hander Brandon Finnegan, the Royals' first pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, made his professional debut on Thursday with Class A Advanced Wilmington. He threw two perfect innings against Potomac in Game 2 of a doubleheader, a game that was suspended in the sixth inning due to rain.

Thursday was the first time Finnegan saw game action since June 17, when he started TCU's first game of the College World Series. He allowed two runs (one earned) in eight innings against Virginia that night. He didn't factor in the decision, as the Horned Frogs lost, 3-2, in 15 innings.

The rain aside, Finnegan's first professional game went smoother than his final college start. He breezed through the first six hitters in the Nationals' lineup, striking out one and allowing just one ball to leave the infield.

The Royals selected Finnegan with the 17th overall pick on June 5. After helping lead TCU to the College World Series, he signed with Kansas City on June 28. He was slated to make his debut on Wednesday, but rain washed out the teams' scheduled doubleheader.

Finnegan went 9-3 with a 2.04 ERA in 17 starts this spring. He struck out 134 and walked 29 in 105 2/3 innings.

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