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Royals sign first round pick Brandon Finnegan at slot value, $2,200,600

Jun 28, 2014, 3:45 PM EST

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Brandon Finnegan at slot value, $2,200,600. The Royals took the lefty in the first round of the MLB first-year player draft, 17th overall. He’ll debut for Single-A Wilmington in July.

Finnegan, 21, played three years at Texas Christian University, posting a 2.04 ERA with 134 strikeouts in 105 2/3 innings, helping the Horned Frogs to an appearance in the College World Series. While Finnegan was highly ranked going into the draft — anywhere from 15th to 25th depending on who you read — some question his size and durability. Some surmise Finnegan may have a future as a reliever.

Outfielder Brandon Downes, taken in the seventh round, was also signed to a deal on Friday, worth $150,000. Downes tweeted a picture of him signing the contract. The Royals have now agreed to contracts with their first 20 picks in the 2014 draft.

  1. jwbiii - Jun 28, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Of the 40 1 and 1-s picks, only nine remain unsigned. Four of those played for Vandy or UVa and have had other things on their mind.

  2. vols84 - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    When it comes to drafting quality pitching, Dayton Moore has struck out.

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