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Brent Honeywell is here to defend the screwball

In fact, he’d rather you just ask.

SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Brent Honeywell is the best pitcher in the Rays system, a coveted top prospect, and among the best minor league pitchers in all of baseball. He boasts five major league ready pitches, and yes, one of them is a screwball.

But if you’re going to talk about it, you better be right, or Honeywell will find you:

This twitter moment starts out innocent enough. At an angle, a screwball and a change are hard to differentiate, so Honeywell steps in:

(Then the next tweet has been deleted! It’s a college player saying Honeywell lies about throwing a screw, and, well...)

If anyone tells you they throw a screwball, they are lying. To create enough spin rate to get any significant movement would destroy your elbow in two innings.

— Cooper Bullough (@ThaCoop25) February 6, 2018

... Honeywell responded:

If you’re curious as to see one in action, Honeywell dropped a screwball for a called third strike to end the first inning in the nationally televised MLB Futures Game in 2017:

Brent Honeywell struck out four batters in that performance as the Team USA starter, becoming the first pitcher to be awarded the MVP trophy in its history.

Again, that’s his fifth pitch.