In his debut for the Kansas City Royals, Brandon Finnegan struck out Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees.
The former frog stepped in to relieve Casey Coleman in the bottom of the sixth inning when the Kansas City Royals faced the New York Yankees Saturday evening. Finnegan threw a 92 mph fast ball for his first major league pitch.
The 21-year-old Fort Worth native played for two-innings and retired all six batters that he faced when he made his major-league debut in Yankee Stadium on Saturday, according to kansascity.com.
Finnegan was a standout in the three seasons he played for the Frogs. In 2014 Finnegan earned 1st-team All-Big 12 Conference honors and played a pivotal role in the Horned Frogs Big 12 confrence championship. He was drafted with the 17th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, according to gofrogs.com.
“Finnegan worked as a starter in Class A Wilmington earlier this summer,” wrote kansascity.com in an article. “The team shifted him into the bullpen in Class AA Northwest Arkansas to prepare him for this opportunity.”
The Royals are set to face the Yankees again on Sunday.