If he can recover from injuries sustained the past two seasons, Honeywell could return to the mound in 2020 and possibly even make his debut…
The Rays drafted Honeywell with the 72nd overall pick in the 2014 draft and by the end of 2017 he was among the best pitching prospects in the game. He finished the 2017 season at Durham, helping the Rays’ AAA affiliate to a Governor’s Cup. That season he was also named the MVP of he Futures Game.
2018 was pegged as the season that Honey-Day would become a reality. Honeywell’s debut that year would have marked the continuation of the Rays tradition of drafting and developing great starting pitchers. But, those hopes were dashed when he underwent Tommy John surgery in February of 2018 and then fractured his elbow during the rehab process last spring training.
Both his 2018 and 2019 seasons were wiped out to injuries and if all goes well he could make his debut in 2020 in his age-25 season. But, the Rays will likely be extremely cautious with Honeywell as he recovers.
He is still ranked as the Rays’ fifth best prospect in a very deep farm system, but it is unclear just how much the injuries will impact his once dominant array of pitches. If all goes well and he returns to a mound in 2020, an unhindered and healthy return will be a great bounce back. If he makes his major league debut and help the Rays rotation or the bullpen, that will be icing on the cake.
Here’s to hoping Honeywell can stay healthy return to the mound in 2020.