After earning Mid-Season All-Star recognition with Midland of the Texas League, former Kingwood High School baseball standout Kyle Finnegan is one step away from the Major Leagues.
Finnegan, a right-handed pitcher who earned first-team all-district honors in leading the Mustangs to a 27-7 mark and a 2010 district championship in his senior year, has made it to the Triple-A level with the Oakland A’s organization after the club drafted him in the sixth round out of Texas State University in 2013.
Finnegan, 25, was elevated from Double-A Midland, where he made 23 appearances this season, all in relief and posted a 3 ERA, striking out 27 batters over 30 innings, to Triple-A Nashville of the Pacific Coast League.
Making his debut with Nashville on June 27, Finnegan came out of the bullpen to throw 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief against Round Rock. He yielded two hits, struck out one and did not walk a batter.
In his fifth season in the Minor Leagues, Finnegan has found a home in the bullpen after beginning his professional career as a starter. But the career-high tying 24 starts in the 2015 season were his last. The following season he worked 43 games out of the bullpen and posted an impressive 2.54 ERA with seven saves and 69 strikeouts over 63 and two-thirds innings.
Though not part of the Oakland A’s spring training this season, Finnegan did get called up from Midland to pitch a game for the A’s. He awaits the next call to the Big League team.
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