The Tampa Bay Times reports Rays top pitching prospect Brent Honeywell underwent a nerve decompression procedure to his right elbow on Wednesday, May 20th. He began to feel some arm weakness while throwing bullpen sessions in April.
Despite being out of live games due to injury for over two years now, Honeywell maintains a positive outlook on the situation. In a quick Twitter chat he said he appreciated the DRaysBay community for their support and that he “feels really good” about the surgery.
Pitching Coach Kyle Snyder is hopeful Honeywell will be throwing off a mound before the end of this season, which would align with a healthy start to the 2021 season.
Prior to his three surgeries over the last 2+ years, Honeywell was one of the top prospects in baseball, ranking as high as #11 overall for Baseball Prospectus going into 2018. When healthy, he has multiple wipeout pitches. No longer just “the guy with the screwball”, Honeywell established himself as a future major league starter with as many as 5 above-average pitches and an ability to pitch deep into games.
The Rays currently boast one of the best starting pitching rotations in baseball. If the season…