Rays prospect Brent Honeywell suspended 4 games

12 APR 2016: Brent Honeywell of the Stone Crabs during the Florida State League game between the Charlotte Stone Crabs and the Clearwater Threshers at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire)
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Tampa Bay Rays right-handed pitching prospect Brent Honeywell has been suspended four games for disciplinary reasons. Honeywell is currently a member of the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Durham.

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the decision to suspend him was an “internal disciplinary incident.”

Honeywell is getting his first taste of Triple-A this season as a 22-year-old. He has made 22 starts with the club and posted an 11-8 record with a 3.80 ERA, striking out 147 batters in 118.1 innings. That would give him a new career high with 11.2 K/9 IP this season.

Coming into the season, Honeywell was ranked as highly as the No. 22 overall prospect in the game by Baseball Prospectus. Over his four seasons in the Rays’ farm system, he owns a .612 winning percentage and career 2.91 ERA. Honeywell was named the MVP of the MLB Futures Game as a member of Team USA back in July at Marlins Park in Miami.

Tampa Bay selected Honeywell in the second round of the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft out of Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tennessee.

Coming into play on Monday, the Rays sat three games out of the second Wild Card spot in the American League. With September call-ups looming later in the week, the possibility of Honeywell making his major league debut in 2017 seems to still have a distinct chance of taking place. He would join a youthful Tampa Bay rotation that has not had a single pitcher above the age of 30 make a start for the club this season.

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