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Brent Honeywell

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Note: This page is for 2010s minor league pitcher Brent Honeywell; for his father who pitched in the 1980s, click here.

Brent Lee Honeywell

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Brent Honeywell was the recipient of the Larry Doby Award as the Most Valuable Player in the 2017 Futures Game. He was the first pitcher to win the honor in the history of the award.

Honeywell was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2nd round of the 2014 amateur draft. He went 2-1, 1.07 in 9 games for the Princeton Rays of the Appalachian League that first season. He split 2015 between the Bowling Green Hot Rods and the Charlotte Stone Crabs, going a combined 9-6, 3.18 in 24 games. He struck out 129 batters in 130 1/3 innings. He started 2016 back with Charlotte before getting a mid-year promotion to the Montgomery Biscuits of the Southern League. In 20 starts, he was 7-3, 2.34 in 115 1/3 innings, picking up 117 strikeouts. In 2017, he made two starts at Montgomery, going 1-1, 2.08, then was promoted to AAA with the Durham Bulls of the International League. That was when he was selected for the United States team in the annual Futures Game, played at Marlins Park on July 9th. He got the start and impressed with two solid innings during which he gave up just one hit and struck out four. By the time Michael Kopech replaced him on the mound, he had a 3-0 lead and was credited with the 7-6 win in addition to being named the game's MVP. On September 19th, he had another great performance on a big stage, as he won the Triple-A National Championship Game against the Memphis Redbirds, representing the Pacific Coast League. The win came in a rare relief outing, as he pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in the 5-3 win by Durham. He had gone a combined 13-9, 3.49 in 26 games between Montgomery and Durham with 172 Ks in 136 2/3 innings.

In one of his first pitching workouts of spring training on February 22, 2018, he suffered a right forearm strain. It was quickly confirmed that he had a torn ulnar collateral nerve and that Tommy John surgery would be required, wiping out his season..

Honeywell has a fastball in the upper 90's in addition to a solid curve ball. He also throws an occasional screwball, which is such a rare pitch coming from a righthander that it leaves batters completely baffled. His father, also named Brent Honeywell, pitched in the minors from 1988 to 1990 and was a cousin of Mike Marshall. The younger Honeywell's screwball was taught him by Marshall, although he did not adopt some of the PhD's more unorthodox pitching advice.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Ted Berg: "Rays prospect wows with screwball in dominant Futures Game start", "For the Win!", USA Today Sports, July 9, 2017. [1]
  • Bryan Hoch: "Honeywell 1st pitcher to win Futures MVP", mlb.com, July 9, 2017. [2]
  • Oliver Macklin: "Honeywell on progress: 'Ready for next step': Rays' No. 1 prospect hopes to make Major League debut in 2018", mlb.com, February 8, 2018. [3]

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