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First-round pick Brandon Finnegan coming up to aid Royals in September

Left-handed pitcher Brandon Finnegan, the Royals’ first-round pick in June, will join the big-league club in September. Finnegan was one of three minor-leaguers announced as impending call-ups on Sunday night.
Left-handed pitcher Brandon Finnegan, the Royals’ first-round pick in June, will join the big-league club in September. Finnegan was one of three minor-leaguers announced as impending call-ups on Sunday night. The Kansas City Star

Brandon Finnegan, the Royals’ first-round pick in June, will join the big-league club in September.

A left-handed pitcher from Texas Christian University, Finnegan could become the team’s most potent southpaw reliever. He impressed team officials during a relief stint with Class AA Northwest Arkansas, with 13 strikeouts in 12 innings. The organization still views Finnegan as a starter in the future, but for now he will contribute to a playoff race.

Finnegan was one of three minor-leaguers announced as impending call-ups on Sunday night. The team selected the contract of Terrance Gore, a speedy, pinch-running specialist, and optioned him to Class AA. He is eligible to join the team on Sept. 2. He inherits the roster spot vacated by Bruce Chen on Friday. In four years in the minors, Gore has stolen 168 bases in 185 attempts.

Also receiving a call-up is outfielder Lane Adams. He is already on the 40-man roster. He hit .269 with a .779 on-base plus slugging percentage for Northwest Arkansas. He could aid this club also as a pinch-runner.

The Royals have not yet announced a move to add Finnegan to the 40-man roster. In order to be eligible for the playoffs, Finnegan must be added by 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Finnegan logged 105 2/3 innings for TCU as a junior on a club that reached the College World Series. After the Royals selected him at No. 17, team officials projected he could throw 45 to 50 innings this season. He has accumulated 27 so far, with a 1.33 ERA and a 6.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio in Class A and Class AA.

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