5. Brent Honeywell
Brent Honeywell was taken in the second round of the previous year’s draft. His first pre-season ranking already had him fourth on the list of Rays’ prospects.
After being selected by the Rays in the 2014 draft, he pitched in only nine games but whetted the appetite of Rays’ fans as the 19-year-old rocked a 1.07 ERA with over 10 Ks per nine.
He made 24 starts in 2015 between Charlotte and Bowling Green, totaling a 3.18 ERA.
At age 21, he was promoted to Double-A Montgomery where he made 10 starts that resulted in a 2.28 ERA, 1.096 WHIP.
Honeywell was projected by Baseball Prospectus to be a number three or four starter. His estimated arrival was set for 2018.
This, of course, has been delayed by injuries. Honeywell is one of the few players on this list that is still in the Rays’ system.
Honeywell would have likely found his way to the Rays in 2018 had he stayed healthy. Honeywell was ranked as the 11th best prospect heading into the 2018 season by Baseball Prospectus.
He finished 2017 with 123 innings at Triple A-Durham where he went 12-8 with a 3.64 ERA. Honeywell struck out 11.3 batters per nine and walked only 2.3 hitters every nine innings.
He was recently spotted playing catch at Tropicana Field and is working his way back to throwing off of the mound by the end of February.
We hope to see Honeywell finally make his Rays’ Major League debut this season, but he’s got to take it easy on an arm that has kept him out of action for each of the past two seasons.
Should he live up to the expectation set forth in this five-year-old ranking, he would be the number three or four starter on an absolutely stacked rotation. The Rays still have high hopes for the young righty.