Royals send Brandon Finnegan to the minors

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Brandon Finnegan reached the majors last season just three months after the Royals drafted him 17th overall out of TCU and made a big impact in the playoffs as a reliever, but now he’s headed back to the minors.

Kansas City was trying to decide whether to use Finnegan as a reliever this season or let him continue to develop as a starter in the minors, but the 22-year-old left-hander’s rough spring training made it an easy call because there was a lot less temptation to keep him in the majors.

Barry Bloom of MLB.com reports that Finnegan will have “a limit on innings and a very strict pitch count” at Double-A. He went 9-3 with a 2.04 ERA and 134/29 K/BB ratio in 106 innings as a starter for TCU last year.