Kyle Edward Finnegan...Graduated from Kingwood (TX) High School...Attended Texas State University...Signed with the Nationals in Dec. 2019 after seven seasons in Oakland's system...Is under team control until 2025...Burst onto the Major League scene in 2020, becoming a reliable member of Washington’s bullpen...In 2018 and 2019, combined to go 28-for-30 in save opportunities while posting a 3.49 ERA and 11.3 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (120 SO in 95.1 IP)...He began his career as a starter, but converted to the relief role in 2016.
Made Washington’s Opening Day roster...Led the Nationals bullpen with 25 appearances in his first Major League experience...Offered scoreless relief in 21 of the 25 outings...Tossed more than 1.0 innings in five of the 25...Made his MLB debut, July 25 vs. New York Yankees (1.0 IP, H)...Recorded his first win, Aug. 22 vs. Miami (0.1 IP, SO)...Tossed 2.0 gutsy innings on Sept. 11 vs. Atlanta... Pitched the 10th and 11th innings with a runner on second base without allowing either to score...Capped the 2020 season with a 0.00 ERA (9.1 IP) with 10 strikeouts in his last eight outings...2020 Pitch Mix: Sinker (70.2%), Slider (20.8%), Split Finger (8.8%), Four Seamer (0.2%).
Went 3-2 with a 2.31 ERA (13 ER/50.2 IP) in 42 appearances between Triple-A Las Vegas and Double-A Midland...14 saves led Oakland's Minor League system...Opposing batters hit .210 (39-for-186) against him...Posted career marks in strikeouts per 9.0 IP (12.8), SO/BB (3.79), WHIP (1.14) and hits per 9.0 IP (6.9).
Combined for a 1-3 record, a career-high 14 saves and 4.84 ERA in 36 appearances with Triple-A Nashville, Double-A Midland and the A's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League…began the season with the Sounds and was 0-2 with a save and a 7.13 ERA in 13 relief appearances when he was sent to the RockHounds July 3…went 1-1 with a team-leading 13 saves and a 2.16 ERA in 21 games with Midland…was also on the disabled list from May 12 to June 23 with a strained right oblique and had a two-start rehab assignment in the Arizona Rookie League…was a perfect 14-for-14 in save opportunities and tied for third in the A's farm system in saves…ranked third in the Texas League in saves (13)…surrendered just two home runs in 44.2 innings, an average of 0.40 per nine innings…struck out 48 (9.67 per nine innings)…allowed a .259 opponents batting average, which broke down to .239 (16-for-67) against left-handed hitters compared to .272 (28-for-103) against right-handers…opponents hit .220 with the bases empty, .292 with both of his home runs with runners on base…allowed 4-of-12 (33.3%) inherited runners to score.
MINORS: Walked a season-high three batters in 0.2 innings April 12 against Iowa…tossed a season-high 3.0 innings April 28 against New Orleans and yielded a season-high six hits…finished April with a 6.10 ERA in seven games…did not allow a run in his first three appearances in May (3.0 ip) before going on the disabled list May 12 with a strained right oblique…was sent to the A's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League for a rehab assignment June 18 and had an 18.00 ERA in two starts (4 er in 2.0 ip)…was reinstated from the DL June 24 and allowed seven runs in 4.1 innings (14.54 ERA) over his final three games…including a season-high four runs June 29 at
Omaha… yielded two home runs in that game, his only two home runs allowed for the season… was transferred to Midland July 3 and would go on to save 13 games for the RockHounds…that was the most in the Texas League from July 3 through the end of the season…had a season-best 9.1-inning scoreless streak from July 9 to 27…opponents were 3-for-30 (.100) with two walks over that stretch…was credited with the save in six consecutive outings from July 17 to 27…then allowed at least one run in four consecutive outings from Aug. 1 to 9 (4 er in 5.0 ip, 7.20 ERA)… matched his season high by yielding four runs in 1.0 inning on Aug. 3 against San Antonio…struck out a season-high three batters Aug. 12 at Arkansas…beginning with that game, he did not allow a run in six of his final seven outings (1 er in 7.2 ip, 1.17 ERA)…pitched for Hermosillo in the Mexican Winter League following the season and went 0-2 with a 2.57 ERA and .231 opponents batting average in 14 relief appearances.
Started the year at Double-A Midland but made his Triple-A debut with Nashville in late June and combined for a 2-4 record, 12 saves and a 3.88 ERA in 46 relief appearances…the saves were a career high and ranked second in the A's farm system…his games pitched were also a career high…converted 12-of-14 (85.7%) save opportunities…went 1-3 with nine saves and a 3.19 ERA in 29 games with the RockHounds and was named to the Texas League Midseason All-Star team… was also 1-1 with a 4.94 ERA in 17 relief appearances with the Sounds and converted all three of his save opportunities…combined for a .262 opponents batting average, including .255 (36- for-141) against right-handed hitters and .272 (25-for-92) against left-handers…surrendered six of his eight home runs to righties…yielded a .229 batting average with runners in scoring position, including .205 with RISP and two outs…allowed 6-of-21 (28.6%) inherited runners to score, including 1-of-11 (9.1%) with Nashville…converted all six of his save chances on the road…tossed at least one inning in 42 of his 46 appearances, including two or more nine times.
MINORS: Converted each of his four save opportunities and had a 1.80 ERA and .143 opponents batting average in eight appearances in April…had a 1.80 ERA over his first 12 games through May 11…then allowed three runs in 1.0 inning at Frisco May 17 for his first loss of the season… was charged with his first blown save May 19 against San Antonio but ended up with the win when the RockHounds scored a run in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 victory…went four consecutive games (7.1 ip) from May 19 to 31 without allowing a run, lowering his ERA to 2.31…then allowed four runs over his next four contests (4.2 ip)…did not pitch in the TL All-Star Game as he was transferred to Nashville June 26, one day before the game…had eight saves and a 3.00 ERA in 23 appearances at the time of his promotion…walked a season-high four batters in 1.0 inning June 29 against Round Rock…had a 5.87 ERA over his first five games at Triple-A but did not allow a run in seven of his next eight outings from July 13 to Aug. 4 (10.2 ip, 9 h, 1 r, 1 er, 6 bb, 11 so, 0.84 ERA)…tossed a season-high 3.1 scoreless innings and struck out a season-high four batters July 18 at Iowa…posted a 2.40 ERA and .212 opponents batting average in 10 games in July…yielded 12 runs over his final four outings with the Sounds (7 er in 5.1 ip, 11.81 ERA)…allowed a seasonhigh five runs on a season-high five hits in 2.2 innings Aug. 13 against Memphis…surrendered five runs in 0.2 innings on the 17th against the Redbirds and was sent back to Midland the next day…had a save and a 4.05 ERA over his final six regular season games…then had a win and four saves and five postseason appearances for the Texas League Champion RockHounds and did not allow a run (5.2 ip, 1 h, 1 bb, 6 so).
Pitched exclusively in relief for the first time in his career and combined for a 2-3 record, seven saves and a career-low 2.54 ERA in 43 relief appearances with Single-A Stockton and Double-A Midland…struck out 69 batters in 63.2 innings, an average of 9.75 per nine innings…tied for fourth in the A's farm system in saves…allowed a .217 opponents batting average, including .204 against left-handed hitters compared to .225 against right-handers…yielded a .196 batting average with runners in scoring position…opponents hit .192 with a .288 on-base percentage when leading off an inning…allowed 3-of-14 (21.4%) inherited runners to score…stranded all six with the RockHounds…converted 7-of-10 (70.0%) save opportunities…had a 0.95 ERA in 22 second half appearances with Midland…posted a 2.42 ERA in the ninth inning…tossed at least one inning in 41 of his 43 appearances, including two or more 17 times…struck out a season-high five batters in 2.2 innings April 23 against Inland Empire…compiled a 1.74 ERA in seven games in April… matched his season-high with five strikeouts in 2.1 innings May 5 against San Jose…was 1-0 with a save and a 3.32 ERA in 13 games with Stockton when he was promoted to Double-A Midland May 22…went 1-3 with six saves and a 2.14 ERA in 30 outings with the RockHounds…pitched a season-high 3.0 innings June 10 at Corpus Christi…allowed his fourth and final home run of the season June 14 at Frisco…did not surrender a home run over his final 23 games and 30.2 innings… did not allow a run in 16 of 17 games from June 21 to Aug. 18 (0.42 ERA)…went seven games (9.1 ip) without a run from June 21 to July 9 and nine games (11.0 ip) from July 17 to Aug. 18…converted each of his final five save opportunities beginning July 25 and logged a 1.29 ERA over that 12-game stretch…posted a 0.87 ERA and .189 opponents batting average in eight games in July… then logged a 1.13 ERA in six appearances in August…made four postseason appearances for the Texas League Champion RockHounds (3.1 ip, 5 h, 3 r, 3 er, 4 bb, 4 so, 8.10 ERA).
Spent the entire season at Single-A Stockton and went 9-9 with a 5.44 ERA in 28 games, including 24 starts…tied for fifth in the A's farm system in wins and ranked seventh in strikeouts (96)…averaged 2.72 walks per nine innings as a starter, which was fifth lowest in the California League among starting pitchers…tied for third among all Cal League pitchers in home runs allowed (19)…had career highs in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched (127.1 ip), hits (139), runs (73), earned runs (77) and home runs (19) and matched his high in starts…allowed a .275 opponents batting average, including .269 against left-handed hitters compared to .280 against right-handers…opponents hit .325 with runners in scoring position…yielded a .234 batting average and .286 on-base percentage to batters leading off an inning…went 3-1 with a 4.33 ERA in five starts in June and 3-1 with a 4.37 ERA in six games, two starts, in August…was named CL Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 11-18…picked up the win in his only start that week when he tossed 6.0 scoreless innings on May 14 against High Desert…allowed just one hit, did not walk a batter and struck out six…fanned a season-high seven batters June 26 at Inland Empire…tossed a season-high 7.0 innings July 7 against Visalia…made all four of his relief appearances over a fivegame stretch from Aug. 2 to 22…had a season-best three-game winning streak from Aug. 17 to 27 (1.35 ERA)…matched his season high with seven strikeouts Sept. 7 against Modesto.
Spent nearly the entire season at Single-A Beloit where he went 7-9 with a 3.69 ERA in 23 starts…was transferred to Double-A Midland Sept. 1 and made one start, a loss…was a combined 7-10 with a 4.03 ERA in 24 starts overall…issued a career-high 53 walks in 125.0 innings and struck out just 61…ranked seventh in the A's farm system in ERA…was named to the Midwest League Midseason All-Star team…allowed a .238 opponents batting average, including .232 against left-handed hitters compared to .243 against right-handers…with Beloit, he went 5-3 with a 2.81 ERA and .198 opponents batting average in 12 starts at home compared to 2-6 with a 4.69 ERA and .257 opponents average in 11 starts on the road…was 5-4 with a 2.85 ERA in 13 starts in the first half, 2-5 with a 5.11 ERA in 10 starts during the second half…tossed the lone complete game of his career May 16 at Clinton, a seven-inning four-hit shutout in the Snappers 1-0 win…walked one and struck out five…was 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA and .205 opponents batting average in six starts in May…started for the West squad in the Midwest League All-Star Game on June 17 at Comstock Park and was the winning pitcher in a 7-0 victory (1.0 ip, 1 so)…was on the disabled list from July 8 to 16 with a strained right groin…was transferred to Midland Sept. 1 and made one start that day at Frisco, a loss (5.1 ip, 10 h, 7 r, 7 er, 1 bb, 6 so, 3 hr, 11.81 ERA).
Made his professional debut with Short Season Single-A Vermont and went 3-3 with a 2.70 ERA in 11 starts…was transferred to Single-A Beloit Aug. 23 and went 1-1 with a 9.82 ERA in two starts with the Snappers…was 4-4 with a 3.61 ERA in 13 starts overall…surrendered just one home run in 57.1 innings…allowed a .250 opponents batting average, including .216 against left-handed hitters compared to .288 against right-handers…held opponents to a .218 batting average leading off an inning and .158 with RISP and two outs…made his first career appearance June 24 against Lowell, a start and no decision in the Lake Monsters 1-0 loss (2.0 ip, 1 bb)…tossed 6.0 innings in back-to-back starts July 22 against Auburn and July 27 against Tri-City for the first two wins of his professional career…posted a 1.76 ERA over his first nine career starts.