Royals demote pitcher Brandon Finnegan

Brandon Finnegan had an 8.53 ERA in four spring training appearances with the Royals.

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SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Kanas City Royals have optioned Brandon Finnegan, who became the first player to play in the College World Series and the World Series in the same year, to Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Sunday.

The Royals’ first-round pick out of TCU last year, he will be used as a starter in the minors after pitching out of the Kansas City bullpen last September and in the postseason.

The left-hander yielded a two-run walkoff homer to Courtney Hawkins in a 6-4 loss Saturday to the White Sox. He had an 8.53 ERA in four spring training appearances.

Manager Ned Yost said Finnegan has the stuff to be "a quality major league pitcher, but I won’t pigeonhole him as a starter or reliever."