Saturday, November 16, 2013

Scouting the Draft: Brandon Finnegan

You can never have too much pitching, or too many hard throwing LHP's, or too many short guys who throw hard, or too many Brandons!  In short, Brandon Finnegan 5'11", LHP from TCU with a hot fastball is a perfect fit for the Giants on draft day in 2014.

If you look at Finnegan's stat lines from TCU they don't look that impressive, but he's generating a lot of interest on the scouting side of stadium.  I'll go with BLF's:  He releases the ball from a low 3/4 arm slot.  His FB sits at 93-96 and has touched 97 MPH.  He does lose a little velocity late in games.  He also sports a slider and changeup and changes speeds well.

On video, his delivery is actually a little higher than low 3/4.  I would say more high 3/4 as his hand comes across his body a full 6-8 inches above his head.  He swings his arm back at the start of his deliver a bit like Madison Bumgarner.  He has a lot of effort in his delivery which may be part of why he struggles with command.

Here are his stat lines from his first two college campaigns:

2012:  4-5, 3.47, 62.1 IP, 30 BB, 56 K.
2013:  0-8, 3.18, 79.1 IP, 35 BB, 86 K.
2013(CCL):  1-0, 3.68, 7.1 IP, 2 BB, 10 K.

BLF has him ranked #11 in the draft class.  Mack Ade of Mack's Mets has him at #27 in his mock draft and comments that in any other year, he would be the top college lefty in the draft.  Matt Garrioch of Minor League Ball has him at #18 while BA has him at #23.

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