A World Series Year: Fort Worth Native Winds Up for World Series

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finneganFORT WORTH-If you’re a fan of the American dream, then you might be a fan of this guy, Brandon Finnegan, pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. What’s more American than baseball?

This 21-year-old has had a fast-pitched year; the kid that grew up in Fort Worth playing little league made major strides to play with the big boys this year.

Brandon started his career as a pitcher for the Horned Frogs at Texas Christian University. This June, he and his teammates went to the College World Series, although they didn’t win it, that’s when he caught the attention of scouts. By the end of June he was a top pick in the MLB draft and signed to the Royals.

“There was a lot of crying when he got drafted, a lot of tears were shed and since then it’s just been a whirlwind,” said Gary Finnegan, Brandon’s dad.

He spent the rest of the summer moving up the ranks in the minors and come September, he made his royal debut in the MLB against the Yankees.

Now, after 29 years, the Royals are in the World Series and Brandon and all those rooting for him are waiting for him to wind up on the mound.

But it was only a few months ago that Brandon played on the field at TCU. “He knows the entire Fort Worth and TCU community is behind him and that makes him feel good for sure,” said Jim Schlossnagle, Head Baseball Coach at TCU.

Brandon is set to become the first player to play in the college and a MLB world series in the same year, a year that only dreams are made of.