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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Brent Honeywell and Jose De Leon face live hitting

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An important step for two important prospects, Wander Franco love, and a Charlie Morton retirement announcement

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Yesterday was a hugely important day for the Tampa Bay Rays, not because of their 2-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, but because Brent Honeywell and Jose De Leon took massive steps in their rehab process as they work their way back from Tommy John surgery.

Two of the Rays top pitching prospects, Honeywell and De Leon, each threw 15 pitches against the group of Nate Lowe, Kean Wong, and Michael Brosseau.

Rays pitching coach, Kyle Snyder, spoke to media following the session and came away highly encouraged with his two young hurlers. Kevin Cash spoke about De Leon and thought his velocity was high as he’s seen since De Leon was acquired by the Rays prior to the 2017 season.

Game Report

An unusually low scoring affair for the Rays yesterday, but they still came away with the 2-1 victory. The pitching staff impressed again, with Hoby Milner delivering the best performance, working two perfect innings and striking out four. Hunter Wood was the only Rays pitcher to allow a run.

Offensively, the team only collected four hits. Joey Wendle doubled, with Yandy Diaz, Austin Meadows, and Kevin Kiermaier all collecting singles during the afternoon.

Today, the Rays will be off, but Tyler Glasnow and Jose Alvarado will throw in minor league games.

News and Links

WANDER FRANCO HYPE TRAIN!

By the time the game is played, Franco will almost certainly be the No. 1 prospect in baseball. His first full season as a pro was one for the ages, and the biggest question in Cleveland on game day will be can any U.S. pitcher get Franco to swing and miss?

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