Tampa Bay Rays Prospect Brent Honeywell Suspended Four Games

Brent Honeywell (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Brent Honeywell (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Even top prospects are not outside the realm of punishment. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Brent Honeywell learned that lesson the hard way.

For the most part, discipline in baseball is handled in house. Short of the type of fracas that we saw from the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees, or a drug related infraction, most of the day to day punishments in the game do not reach the general public. This is particularly the case when a team punishes a player for some violation of team rules.

However, every so often, a team wants to send a message to that player. This appears to be the case with the Tampa Bay Rays and top prospect Brent Honeywell. Although the reasons were not divulged, Honeywell has been suspended for four games by the Durham Bulls for “disciplinary reasons.”

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Essentially, this suspension means that Honeywell will end up missing one start, if that. He will still end up being a key part of the Bulls playoff run as they look to capture the International League title. And, Honeywell will still be one of the top pitching prospects in baseball.

However, it does make one wonder if any possible promotions to the majors would be on hold. Depending on the infraction, the Rays could decide that keeping him off the major league roster come September is necessary. Hopefully, that decision is not made, and Honeywell can have a chance to get his feet wet in the majors before potentially securing his place in the rotation for 2018.

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The Tampa Bay Rays have suspended Brent Honeywell for four games. Hopefully, this will be the last of whatever incident required discipline.