Brent Honeywell's been a hot topic lately as we've been seeing more of his stuff on display in his Arizona Fall League starts. Last night he was the hottest topic among some of the best prospects in the game, and if you take a look at this video, you'll see why:
He mixed in all five of his pitches in the quick outing and seemed to have them all under pretty good control. The screwball was clearly on display as his out pitch and he dialed the fourseam up to 98 at one point. He ended the day with a line of 2 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 5 Ks, 31 pitches, 21 strikes. He did have a fly out to deep right, but other than that very little contact was made. I can only recall one foul off in the entire outing. Extremely impressive on its own, even more so when you consider the competition he was facing. Five of the six hitters he faced are top 100 prospects!
Here's an interview from a few days before the outing where he mentions his change up as his best pitch and shows his screwball grip.
The Twittersphere was pretty excited about the outing. Here are a few goodies:
Can't wait to see @brent_honeywell screwball tonight. Congrats on the start, young stallion.— Chris Archer (@ChrisArcher22) November 5, 2016
Rays RHP Brent Honeywell 95-97, t98. Screwball 79-80 even fooled the ump at one point, slider 91, change 84. K'd side.— Eric Longenhagen (@longenhagen) November 6, 2016
2nd inning we saw the curveball (74) and some fastball manipulation. 94 with cut at one point. Best I've seen from him this Fall.— Eric Longenhagen (@longenhagen) November 6, 2016
Watch @RaysBaseball's @Brent_Honeywell flummox batters with his screwball: https://t.co/aFtbvGAnDr pic.twitter.com/0TNvSyUnyD— Cut4 (@Cut4) November 6, 2016
Brent Honeywell 96mph furs strike with that head jerk tho pic.twitter.com/kIAStOCHqY— Eno Sarris (@enosarris) November 6, 2016
How long until this guy is pitching at the Trop?!