Yesterday, the Kansas City Royals announced their first round of September call-ups, as the rosters will be expanding from 25 players to 40 players. One of the Royals' call-ups is left-hander Brandon Finnegan, their 2014 First Round Pick.
Let that sink in. The 21-year-old Finnegan was pitching for Texas Christian University (TCU) earlier this season, was drafted in June, a mere three months ago, and now will be called up to pitch for Kansas City, although just eight of his thirteen professional appearances have come in Double-A. Is now too soon to be calling Brandon Finnegan to the major leagues?
Looking at the stats, Finnegan has been nothing short of superb this season. Despite his 0-4 record, Finnegan has a 1.33 ERA and a 0.889 WHIP, along with a 26 to 4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 27 innings pitched. In his junior season with TCU, which came earlier this year, Finnegan had a 9-3 record in 17 starts, posting a 2.04 ERA in 105 2/3 innings pitched, fanning 134.
Let's face it, who are the Royals going to find in their system that has struck out 160 batters in 132 2/3 innings pitched this season. Kansas City is in the postseason chase? They need help in their bullpen. Why not call up the guy who is dominating minor league hitters to help you out?
I am looking at the situation as an outsider. I am not within the Royals organization. They know things that we just do not know, and could see something in Finnegan that we are missing. With that said, if he is used properly, I am all for calling up Brandon Finnegan if you truly believe that he will help this team down the stretch. I think it is a great time to get Finnegan some major league experience, plus he may get some opportunities to perhaps pitch in high pressure situations.
While it looks like it could be a mistake from the surface, the Royals did something remarkable, they called up their 2014 First Round Pick at just the right time. Congratulations to Brandon Finnegan on making the major leagues, and deservedly so.