Southwest High graduate heading to the World Series

Southwest High School graduate Brandon Finnegan pitches for the Royals.

by A.C. Hall

The Kansas City Royals are having a dream post season, winning eight straight games to blaze through the playoffs and get into the World Series for the first time since 1985.  One of the playoff wins that got them back to the series came on the arm of relief pitcher Brandon Finnegan, a 2011 graduate of Southwest High School in Fort Worth.  

Following his graduation from Southwest, Finnegan was drafted by the Texas Rangers but chose instead to attend Texas Christian University and play collegiate baseball.  After pitching for three years at TCU, Finnegan was drafted in the first round by the Royals in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft as the seventeenth overall pick.  He made his MLB debut on September 6 of this year in a game against the New York Yankees.  Finnegan made his post season debut on September 30 in the American League Wild Card game against the Oakland Athletics.  His big accomplishment so far this postseason is his win in the second game of the American League Division Series on October 3.  That win made Finnegan the youngest relief pitcher in Royals postseason history to get a win.

In a press release, Southwest High School baseball Coach Frankie Gasca shared some thoughts on Finnegan’s success.  “All of us at Southwest are extremely proud of Brandon Finnegan and wish him and the Royals continued success in the postseason!” says Frankie Gasca.  “It’s been a pleasure watching him during his rapid rise to the big leagues!  The passion and love for the game he exhibited at Southwest is still apparent in every game.”

Finnegan and the Kansas City Royals now face the San Francisco Giants in the World Series, which gets underway this week.