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Brandon Finnegan, Lane Adams, Terrance Gore get the call

Finnegan's fast track leads him from college to the Majors in 3 months; the Royals get some outfield depth and stellar speed with Adams and Gore

Brandon Finnegan has come a long way since his TCU days, getting the call to the Show tonight.
Brandon Finnegan has come a long way since his TCU days, getting the call to the Show tonight.
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The day Brandon Finnegan signed with the Royals, someone at the press conference asked when he saw himself in the Majors. He said something about wanting to be there right away, which drew some chuckles from the assembled media. But here he is, getting the call.

The Royals have been aggressive with Finnegan's assignments from the start, placing him at Wilmington right away, then moving him up to AA Northwest Arkansas after just 15 innings over 5 starts. Now, with August ending, he's skipping Omaha.

In his 27 professional innings, Finnegan has dominated, giving up 20 hits, 10 runs, 4 walks and 26 Ks. He was moved to the bullpen at Double-A in anticipation of this callup, after he also pitched 105.2 innings for TCU, all the way into the College World Series in June.

Lane Adams made it as high as Triple-A Omaha in 2013, but spent almost all of this year at Northwest Arkansas. In 103 games there, he compiled a line of.275/.361/.443. He's a tall, lean speedster drafted in the 13 round in 2009, and plays mostly in CF, but can play both corners as well.

Terrance Gore is fast. That's the bulk of what there is to know about him as a baseball player. The Georgia native turned 23 in June, and was a 20th rounder in 2011. In 17 games at the Triple-A level, he has put together a line of.250/.348/.250. Obviously getting on base is his biggest weapon, and once he's there he's as close to a sure thing as possible to successfully steal. In his pro career he has 168 steals and has been caught just 17 times.