The Tampa Bay Rays have had an embarrassing offseason. But that’s been by their own doing. After all, trading off payroll simply for the sake of it is what organizations that don’t care about winning do. But Friday morning’s news would be entirely out of their control. Brent Honeywell, Tampa Bay’s top pitching prospect, has a torn UCL.
And we all know what that means.
“BREAKING: Rays Honeywell has torn UCL, recommended for TJ surgery.”
Honeywell would leave with forearm tightness while throwing live batting practice on Thursday. But now we know for sure, and it’s a brutal blow for baseball’s 12th-best prospect. Not only that, but Honeywell was coming off a fairly promising season split between Double- and Triple-A. He would finish with anA�3.49 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 172 strikeouts in 136 2/3 innings.
This doesn’t bode well for the Rays’ 2018 season. There’s little doubt their top pitching prospect would’ve gotten an extended look. Instead, it’s going to be interesting to see whether or not the Rays deal Chris Archer before the season kicks off. Our money is on no..,. until the deadline. That is, unless the Rays suddenly care about winning again.
And while Honeywell does want to seek a second opinion, we know what this usually means.