From an organization built around pitching, another potential ace is emerging. Brent Honeywell is just 22 and dominating minor league batters. He’s a starter in the Ray’s system with a unique repertoire, featuring a screwball taught to him by Cy Young winner Mike Marshall. With a specialty pitch like this, many write it off as being just for show but it’s not. It was given a 65 out of 80 by scouts and has the movement of a left handed curveball. Coming from a righty, this can be quite deceptive.
He pairs it with a high 90s fastball which lead him to a 3.19 ERA and an 8.93 K/9 over two levels of the Minors last season. He features advanced command and is ranked as the No.2 prospect in the Ray’s organization.
That advanced command was on display once again in Honeywell’s first start of the season. He stifled the opposing hitters through 6 innings giving up only 3 hits, 2 runs, walking 1 and striking out 12.
Though still only in Double A, he could make an appearance in the majors this year considering his rapid rise through the lower levels.
Though stats and numbers are all good, I believe I can convince you of his talent in 3 gifs:
Say hello to the future Ace of the Rays staff.