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Brandon Finnegan | Relief Pitcher

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (22) / 4/14/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 185
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Thursday that Brandon Finnegan will work as a starter at Triple-A Louisville and join the big league club at some point in September.
By waiting until September, in ensures the Reds that Finnegan doesn't reach Super Two status, even if he spends the entire 2016 season with the big league club. Unfortunately for fantasy owners in redraft leagues, that means he's unlikely to have much value this season. He can safely be dropped if needing the roster spot in shallow formats. Aug 6 - 10:05 PM

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Reds acquired LHPs Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed from the Royals in exchange for RHP Johnny Cueto and cash considerations.

Finnegan is the big fish here. Taken in the first round of last year's draft, the left-hander has put up a 2.59 ERA and 31/14 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 big league relief innings. The Reds will use him as a starter at Triple-A Louisville for now, but he could get a shot in the rotation later this season.
Jul 26 - 3:08 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Brandon Finnegan and John Lamb could be traded to the Reds in the Johnny Cueto deal.

All 21 of Finnegan's appearances with the Royals have come as a reliever, but the Reds would use him as a starter and could immediately stick him into their rotation. A first-round pick in 2014, the southpaw holds a 2.59 ERA and 31/14 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 big league innings. Lamb is a former top prospect who has experienced a resurgence in 2015, putting up a 2.67 ERA with a strikeout per frame at Triple-A Omaha.
Jul 26 - 2:05 PM

Brandon Finnegan was pulled from Wednesday's start at Triple-A Omaha after just one scoreless inning.

There's been some speculation that Finnegan could replace Jason Vargas (elbow) in the Royals' rotation, assuming the latter has to go on the disabled list. Finnegan hasn't thrown more than two innings this month or more than four innings all season, so he's not really stretched out to start at the moment. Still, the Royals could choose to pair him with a long reliever for his first major league start.
Jul 22 - 1:51 PM

Royals optioned LHP Brandon Finnegan to Triple-A Omaha.

The Royals needed a fresh bullpen arm. Finnegan holds a 2.96 ERA in 14 relief appearances with the big club this season and presumably will remain in a bullpen role in the minors before the Royals summon him again.
Jul 19 - 11:09 AM

Royals recalled LHP Brandon Finnegan from Triple-A Omaha.

Finnegan will rejoin the Kansas City bullpen for Thursday's series finale against the Rays. The 22-year-old left-hander boasts a 2.21 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 20 1/3 innings of relief this season with the Royals.
Jul 9 - 11:11 AM

Royals optioned LHP Brandon Finnegan to Triple-A Omaha.

The southpaw made six relief appearances since being recalled in early June, but the club would prefer Finnegan remain a starter. He's presumably being sent down to do just that. The 22-year-old owns a 2.21 ERA and 1.03 WHIP with the Royals this season.
Jul 8 - 7:00 PM

Royals recalled LHP Brandon Finnegan from Triple-A Omaha.

It's unclear if he'll be used out of the bullpen, or if he'll start in place of the injured Jason Vargas on Sunday. Finnegan had been being stretched out as a starter at Triple-A. He owns a 1.62 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 18/7 K/BB ratio over 16 2/3 big league innings in his career.
Jun 13 - 1:16 PM

Brandon Finnegan will be used as a starter at Triple-A Omaha.

The Royals had been planning to use him in relief in case he was needed for a bullpen role in the majors, but Finnegan needed to iron out some issues in his delivery and the club thought the best way for him to do that would be as a starter. Finnegan has split his time between starting and relieving in the minors this season, posting a 3.60 ERA and 15/13 K/BB ratio over 15 innings between Double- and Triple-A.
May 29 - 11:20 AM

Royals recalled LHP Brandon Finnegan from Triple-A Omaha.

Finnegan had a 2.70 ERA in 6 2/3 innings of relief for the Royals when they optioned him to the minors on May 7. He's presumably going to return to a long relief role, though he had made three starts on the farm.
May 25 - 10:09 AM

Royals optioned LHP Brandon Finnegan to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Finnegan posted a 2.70 ERA in 6 2/3 innings of relief with the Royals. He will presumably return to a starting role at NWA and could become an option for Kansas City's rotation at some point later this month.
May 7 - 11:17 AM

Royals recalled LHP Brandon Finnegan from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Finnegan will likely only be up briefly, as the Royals needed a fresh bullpen arm. The young left-hander posted a 3.86 ERA over two starts with Northwest Arkansas.
Apr 24 - 3:29 PM

Royals optioned LHP Brandon Finnegan to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

The Royals gave strong consideration to the idea of keeping Finnegan with the team as a weapon out of the bullpen but ultimately decided that his future is best served as a starter. He'll begin the year at Double-A Arkansas but could move up the chain quickly if he performs capably.
Mar 22 - 8:36 PM

The Royals will give Brandon Finnegan two more Cactus League appearances before they decide what his role for 2015 will be.

The club is weighing whether to use Finnegan as a reliever in the majors or as a starter in the minors. Ideally they'd let him continue to develop as a starter, but he can be an impact relief arm now and the Royals might decide they need him following Tim Collins' Tommy John surgery.
Mar 13 - 11:35 AM

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday that the club has yet to make a decision on Brandon Finnegan's role for the 2015 season.

Just a couple weeks ago, Moore indicated that Finnegan would develop in the minors as a starter. That could still be what the Royals end up doing, but the lefty being used in relief in the majors as he was down the stretch last season is apparently an option still being considered. "It's not a decision we have to make right now," Moore said. "We'll just have to see how it all plays out."
Mar 5 - 9:11 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brayan Peña
2Tucker Barnhart
3Devin Mesoraco
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Ivan DeJesus Jr.
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Zack Cozart
3B1Todd Frazier
LF1Brennan Boesch
2Jason Bourgeois
3Ryan LaMarre
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
RF1Jay Bruce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Anthony DeSclafani
2Raisel Iglesias
3David Holmberg
4Keyvius Sampson
5John Lamb
6Jon Moscot
7Homer Bailey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2JJ Hoover
3Jumbo Diaz
4Burke Badenhop
5Manny Parra
6Ryan Mattheus
7Sam LeCure
8Pedro Villarreal
9Collin Balester
10Sean Marshall
11Nate Adcock