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Tampa Bay Rays: 2019 Top 15 Pitching Prospects

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Brent Honeywell (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FL – JULY 09: Brent Honeywell #21 of the Tampa Bay Rays and the U.S. Team delivers the pitch against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park on July 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 09: Brent Honeywell #21 of the Tampa Bay Rays and the U.S. Team delivers the pitch against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park on July 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

#1: Brent Honeywell, RHP, 23

A disgusting 5 pitch mix that has Rays fans waiting eagerly for him to be pitching alongside Blake Snell.

Height/Weight: 6’2″ / 180

Drafted: | Signed: Supp. 2nd, 2014 (72nd) | $800,000

School: Walters State Junior College

Pitch Grades (Via FanGraphs):

FB: 60/60

CB: 50/55

CH: 60/65

Screwball: 55/55

CU: 45/50

FB velocity: 92-94, T-97

Who else would top this list other than Brent Honeywell? Rays fans have salivating over his potential for years now and were stripped of a chance to see him make his MLB debut this past season due to, you guessed it, Tommy John surgery. The silver lining was that his ligament popped  in spring training and he will likely be back by mid 2019. FanGraphs ranked him as the #3 prospect in the organization while BA ranked him #2 and the 23rd best prospect in the sport.

Off-speed: FanGraphs on Honeywell, “He can lob his curveball in for strikes, induce weak contact early in counts by throwing a cutter when hitters are sitting fastball, and he’ll double and triple up on the changeup. What you see listed in Honeywell’s tool grades as a splitter is actually a screwball. It wobbles home in the 79-82 mph range, while his true changeup is usually a little harder than that.”

Delivery: Honey’s delivery is, well, violent… hence the eventual TJ surgery. But, it works and it will be interesting to see how he adjusts post surgery. It is quick and explosive.

Career numbers: 

79G/78GS // 31-19 // 416 IP // 2.88 ERA // 458K/93BB // 1.08 WHIP

Thoughts: I CAN’T WAIT FOR HONEY-DAY!!! The thought of a rotation that could include Honeywell, Snell, Glasnow, and Morton is extremely exciting. Honey is already throwing off the mound and we could see him in Tampa by June or July. He has a five pitch mix and all five have above average potential… who does that sound like…Blake Snell. Now, I am just counting down the days until his major league debut.

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