TCU left-handed starting pitcher Brandon Finnegan was the only Big 12 player selected in the opening round of the 2014 Major League Baseball first-year player draft. Finnegan was the 17th player selected overall in this year’s MLB draft, the top pick of the Kansas City Royals.
Finnegan is 8-3 this season in 15 starts with and ERA of 2.07. He leads the nation in strikeouts per nine innings with a ratio of 12.02 and is eighth nationally with 122. For his career, the junior left-hander has an ERA of 2.82 in 41 career starts.
Finnegan is the third TCU player in the school’s history to be selected in the opening round of the MLB draft. Lance Broadway was taken 15th overall by the Chicago White Sox in 2005, and Andrew Cashner went 19th to the Chicago Cubs in 2008.
The TCU starter is the 37th player from the Big 12 to be selected in the first round of the draft and is the 813th draft pick from the conference, now in its 18th season.
This is actually the second time Finnegan has been selected in the MLB draft. In 2011, he was selected out of high school in the 45th round by the Texas Rangers. By going on to attend TCU and waiting the three extra years, Finnegan improved his draft stock considerably.
The TCU baseball program has produced 49 players selected in the MLB draft since 2004. In his 11 seasons as head coach of the Horned Frogs, Jim Schlossnagle has had 45 players selected in the draft by 22 different MLB organizations.
The 2014 MLB draft continues on Friday and Saturday.