As KC's top draft pick in 2014 was selected 17th overall...when promoted that September became just the third Royals draft pick to debut in the same season he was selected, joining Bo Jackson (4th round, 1986) and Jeff Granger (1st round, 1993)...is the only player ever to appear in the NCAA College World Series and Major League Baseball's World Series in the same year...made 7 Postseason relief apps during KC's 2014 American League championship run...earned 3 varsity letters in baseball at Southwest High School in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was All-State as a senior and All-District twice...played 3 years at Texas Christian University, where he went 4-5, 3.47 as a freshman and was honorable mention All-Big 12 as a sophomore (3.14er, 86k in 16g)...in his junior season in 2014, went 9-3, 2.04 to help lead the Horned Frogs to the NCAA College World Series...that year ranked third in Division I with 134 strikeouts and was named All-America by most baseball publications/organizations...entering the 2014 draft was rated by Baseball America the 13th-best prospect and was picked 17th...played for the 2013 USA Baseball national collegiate team...his older brother, Jonathan, played baseball at Western Texas College...his father, Gary, played baseball at TCU.
On 4/14/17 turned just 24 years old but pitched in his fourth Major League season after making his second consecutive Opening Day roster...made 4 starts around a pair of stints on the disabled list, from 4/16-6/25 with a strained left lat/trapezius and from 6/28 through the remainder of the season with a strained teres major...both stints included time on the 60-day DL (5/16-6/25, 7/2-10/1)...on 7/7 had season-ending surgery to repair a dislocated right shoulder, an injury suffered away from the field...prior to his first disabling made starts of 7.0, 2.+ and 1.0 inning...after 3 rehabilitation starts for Pensacola and Louisville came off the disabled list for a start 6/26 at Wsh...was injured in the fourth inning and 2 days later was disabled for the rest of the year...in his first start, a 2-0 win on 4/5 vs Phi in the Reds' second game of the season, allowed only 1 walk and Maikel Franco's first-inning single...became the first Reds pitcher to throw at least 7.0 shutout innings while while allowing no more than 1 hit in his first start of a season since Jerry Arrigo in 1967...the Reds went 3-1 in his 4 starts.
In his first full Major League season, among National League leaders ranked second in walks allowed and fourth in HR allowed...in the second half averaged 9.17 strikeouts per 9 innings, the seventh-best ratio among qualifyig NL pitchers...tied RHP Dan Straily for the staff lead in starts and ranked second to Straily in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts...produced 15 quality starts, second on the staff to Straily's 20 quality starts...5 times was the victim of blown saves, the most on the staff...in his last 7 starts beginning 8/20 held opponents to a .199 batting average and posted a 1.93 ERA, dropping his season ERA to 3.98 from 4.54...became 1 of only 5 Reds pitchers to begin a season with 2 consecutive starts of at least 6.0 innings with 3 or fewer hits (Gary Nolan 1968, Dennys Reyes 1998, Steve Avery 1999, Jeff Austin 2003)...his career-high 12 strikeouts (6ip) on 8/26 at Ari were the most by a Reds pitcher since Raisel Iglesias had 13 strikeouts on 8/23/15, also vs the Diamondbacks...twice took no-hitters into the seventh inning...on 4/11 at Wrigley Field, in just his sixth career start didn't allow a hit until former Red David Ross singled with 2 outs in the seventh...on 8/20 vs LAD, didn't allow a hit until Adrian Gonzalez singled to lead off the seventh...started the 16-0 loss on 4/21 vs Cubs in which Jake Arrieta threw his second career no-hitter...his 1-0 loss on 5/23 at LAD was the first complete game by a Reds lefthander since Lance Davis beat the Tigers on 7/16/01 at Cinergy Field...Finnegan's CG snapped a streak in which 25 Reds lefthanders made 339 regular-season starts without finishing a game...in that 1-0 loss to the Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw also threw a complete game (9ip, 2h, 1bb, 7k)...on 8/14 vs StL, during one stretch retired a career-best 13 straight batters...from 7/29-8/9 produced a 13-inning scoreless streak, the longest of his career...recorded his first career hit on 4/6 vs Phi (single off Aaron Nola) and his first career RBI on 4/11 at Chi (RBI-single off Jon Lester).
On 7/26 was acquired from the Royals, along with LHP John Lamb and LHP Cody Reed, in exchange for RHP Johnny Cueto...was 1 of 9 rookie pitchers who combined for 110 starts for the Reds, both single-season modern club records...the Reds' season-ending streak of 64 consecutive starts by rookies, beginning 7/29, is a modern Major League record...was promoted from Louisville on 9/8 as 1 of 6 roster additions... made his first 2 apps for the Reds in relief (2.2ip, 0h) before finishing the season with 4 straight starts (4.71era)...on 9/18 at Mil earned the 5-3 win in his first career start...became the ninth rookie pitcher to start for the Reds to establish the new single-season modern franchise record...earned his other win in his final appearance, a 3-1 victory on 10/3 at Pit in the season's 161st game.
Brandon had an eventful season, reaching the Majors after being selected 17th overall in the 2014 June Draft...Made his Major League debut on September 6 at Yankee Stadium, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings with strikeouts of Jacoby Ellsbury and Derek Jeter...Became just the third Royals draft pick to debut in the same season that he was selected, joining Bo Jackson (4th round, 1986) and Jeff Granger (1st round, 1993)...Pitched at High-A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas before having his contract selected by the Royals on September 1...Became the first player to participate in the MLB World Series and the College World Series in the same year... Pitched in seven postseason games, including two outings during the World Series...went 1-1 in postseason action, posting a 10.50 ERA...Earned his first professional victory in Game 2 of the ALDS at Angel Stadium...He became the first Royals rookie to win a playoff game and the youngest (21 years, 172 days) pitcher overall to win a postseason game...Just the fifth Major League pitcher to earn his first win in the playoffs and first since David Price (2008).