With the 17th pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Kansas City Royals selected LHP, Brandon Finnegan.
Finnegan literally went 0-8 with the TCU Horned Frogs in 2013, but in his defense, he had little to no run support. Here’s what MLB.com had to say about him,
Though he’s a 5-foot-11, 185-pound left-hander, he can blow his fastball by most hitters. As a starter, Finnegan usually deals at 93-95 mph and reaches the upper 90s with his heater. He made strides with his low-80s slider during the summer while pitching in the Cape Cod League and with Team USA, and it has developed into a second weapon for him. He also uses a changeup, though he could scrap that pitch if he becomes a reliever in pro ball.
Apparently, this kid throws the heat with an attitude and the Royals were in need of pitching. We figured that was the postion they’d be targeting, as Assistant GM, J.J. Picollo told Dick Kaegel of MLB.com that this draft was more pitcher oriented,
“I think it’s probably more pitching-oriented than anything,” Picollo said. “There’s some depth in the high school pitchers. As usual, there’s some quality college pitchers. I think it’s probably normal from that perspective.”
The Royals still own the 28th, 40th and 56th picks as well. Stay tuned to KC Kingdom for continued coverage of the 2014 MLB Draft.
TOP PICKS IN 2014 DRAFT
1. Brady Aiken, LHP, Houston Astros
2. Tyler Kolek, RHP, Miami Marlins
3. Carlos Rondon, LHP, Chicago White Sox
4. Kyle Schwarber, C, Chicago Cubs
5. Nick Gordon, SS, Minnesota Twins
6. Alex Jackson, OF, Seattle Mariners
7. Philadelphia Phillies, RHP, Aaron Nola
8. Colorado Rockies, LHP, Kyle Freeland
9. Toronto Blue Jays, RHP, Jeff Hoffman
10. New York Mets, OF, Michael Conforto
11. Toronto Blue Jays, C, Max Pentecost
12. Milwaukee Brewers, LHP, Kodi Medeiros
13. San Diego Padres, SS, Trea Turner
14. San Francisco Giants, RHP, Tyler Beede
15. Los Angeles Angels, LHP, Sean Newcomb
16. Arizona Diamondbacks, RHP, Touki Toussaint
17. Kansas City Royals, LHP, Brandon Finnegan