MLB Pipeline has begun rolling out their top prospect rankings with a different list per day. Currently, they’re breaking down the top prospects by position, starting with the best right-handed pitching prospects in the game.
Brent Honeywell figures prominently in that category. He is probably one of the most talked about pitching prospect in the game, with his bulldog persona and patented screwball. During the 2017 Futures Game, he became the first pitcher to win the MVP award as he delivered two shutout innings to start out the game, striking out four of the game’s top young stars.
For his efforts, Honeywell was ranked as the 4th best RHP prospect in all of baseball behind the likes of Japanese superstar, Shohei Ohtani, as well as Forest Whitley (Astros) and Michael Kopech (White Sox).
His change-up is considered the best among the RHP, with his control also rated among the highest of the group.
This is one of Honeywell’s five pitches he chooses from in any given start, and it’s a beauty of an offspeed pitch. It can miss bats as well as generate weak contact.
His 4th place ranking represents a bump up from the 2017 season when MLB Pipeline ranked him as the 7th best RHP prospect.
Honeywell will make his major league debut at some point during the 2018 season; some would argue he should have been brought up in 2017. Added to the 40-man roster in November, Honeywell will be a part of his first major league spring training this year and will certainly draw plenty of attention.