The Potential Tools: 55 FB, 70 SCW, 50 CH, 55 Command
Strengths: Loose, athletic projectable frame; easy, repeatable low effort delivery; fastball works in 90-to-93 mph range; could play higher with body maturation; downhill plane; can show different looks to fastball; two-seam sinking action at 90-to-91 mph; arm-side run at 92-to-93 mph and touch a tick higher; screwball is unique secondary offering; inverted 1-to-7 shape; deep depth and tight spin; gives a true LHP curveball look; will play up due to uniqueness of pitch; swing-and-miss type offering; changeup will flash above average; straight changeup with parachute action and vertical drop; replicates arm speed to disguise the pitch; can mix in a change of pace curveball; flashes average; above-average command projection due to athleticism and repeatability of low-effort delivery.
Weaknesses: One major league pitch will miss bats; command can become loose in zone; curveball is below average; changeup can become straight and squared when elevated; his elevated pitches can find hard contact; command projection needs refinement at higher levels; strength is needed for durability; tendency to overthrow screwball; will become too reliant on it; no upper minors-experience.
Role Ceiling: 55; #3 SP.
Risk: Moderate; command and secondaries need to take a developmental step; no upper-minors experience.
Summary: A lean, projectable, athletic frame with plus athleticism and room for growth and good strength are valid descriptions for Honeywell. He has seen a velocity increase in each year of pro ball, and with a low effort delivery, plus control and consistent arm slot, his command projects to be above average. Honeywell’s fastball currently sits in the low 90s with some downhill plane and slight armside run, and he’ll flash a slightly below-average curveball as a change of pace pitch. He flashes an above-average changeup that comes out exactly like his fastball with some vertical drop at the end, and he has shown the ability to cut it in a higher velocity band. The pitch that has many evaluators enamored is his screwball; a rare pitch for any pitcher to throw. Not only is it rare but it also has plus-plus potential. The screwball has in inverted 1-to-7 shape with tight spin and deep depth to it making it look like a hammer curveball from a left handed pitcher. Due to the shape, velocity and rareness of the pitch, this will be Honeywell’s MLB out pitch and it will generate a high percentage of swing and misses. Put all of the ingredients together and Honeywell may have just as high of ceiling as Blake Snell. Under the development and success rate of the Rays, Honeywell could end one of the top pitching prospects by year’s end.