After impressing in 12 Florida State League starts in 2015, Honeywell has upped his game to start this year’s campaign, going 18 innings in his first three starts and striking out 19 batters, while walking just two and allowing 11 hits. In possession of the best screwball in the game at present, Honeywell has stymied FSL hitters thus far, utilizing the offering as both a chase pitch ahead and drop-in strike early in the count.
He has maintained a slightly up-tempo motion with an easy arm action, and his execution and feel for four offerings is evidence of his comfort on the bump. At maturity, Honeywell could profile as a solid mid-rotation arm with an above-average changeup to go with his plus fastball and screwball, and at least one evaluator views the curveball as a potential fourth weapon once he places more developmental focus on the pitch. Always a team to take it nice and slow with their big arms, the Rays should continue to allow Honeywell to ease his way through the system. –Nick J. Faleris