It’s official: Brandon Finnegan the first to play in two World Series in one year


We expected it to happen eventually, and it finally did in Game 3 of the World Series. In getting the final two outs of the bottom of the seventh inning, Royals reliever Brandon Finnegan became the first player to play in two World Series in one year: College and Major League.

The Royals took the 21-year-old lefty in the first round of this year’s draft, 17th overall, out of Texas Christian University. TCU advanced to the second round of the College World Series, but lost 3-2 to Virginia, who wound up advancing to the finals.

Finnegan pitched 15 innings with Single-A Wilmington before advancing to Double-A Northwest Arkansas with which he tossed 12 innings. He made his major league debut on September 7, finishing out the month allowing one run over seven innings. In the post-season, the lefty has allowed two runs in five innings on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts.