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Can’t stop, won’t stop, making these bad boys all about fantasy baseball rookie hitters, but every once in a while you need to remove the blinders and look at a pitcher.  This doesn’t mean get totally enamored by pitchers.  Like Teddy KGB would say in a terrible Russian accent, “Nyet, nyet, nyet!  You sons of beeeeech, you tricked me, nyet!”  We must focus on hitters, but sometimes a great pitcher comes along, and we have to take a peeksie-poo.  Brent Honeywell is one such pitcher.  Three quick GIFs, from me to you.

I have a big takeaway from these GIFs.  Honeywell looks pretty low energy like Jeb!  Whether it’s the fastball in the first two GIFs or the bye-bye junk in the third GIF.  You gotta feel bad for the hitter when he gets to the third drop-off-the-table-snap-don’t-need-no-police-just-stay-off-my-back-or-I-will-attack-with-an-offspeed-pitch-that-you-won’t-smack pitch.  That’s only two pitches of his possible six pitches.  The last one, which I can’t stop watching, is just unhittable.  Looks like a circle change to me, but he’s got so many pitches in his repertoire — change, curve, fastball, screwball, cutter, knuckle-curve — who knows what he’s throwing, the hitters definitely don’t.  So, what can we expect from Brent Honeywell for 2018 fantasy baseball?

He’s thrown around 120 innings for three straight minor league years across different levels.  At each one, his K/9 has been above 10+.  Last year in Triple-A at 22 years of age, he had a 3.64 ERA, 2.77 xFIP with a 11.1 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in 123 2/3 IP.  On an organization that promotes a bit more aggressively, he’d likely be on his 2nd year of the major leagues.  The Rays have dragged their feet on him so badly that his dynasty owners likely have a class action lawsuit pending if Honeywell isn’t promoted this year.  “Your honor, on behalf of Honeywell’s dynasty owners, we have lost two years of fantasy prize winnings because the Rays have not promoted Honeywell.”  Then later in the trial.  “Can you explain your relation to the Honeywell dynasty owner?”  “I’m his mother.”  “Okay, isn’t it true the plaintiff has not been able to move out of my basement because of missing out on his fantasy prize winnings, due to Honeywell’s lack of promotion?” Now that I write this out, how has no one sued yet because they lost their fantasy league due to a player’s performance?  Even if you’re like me, and you think an 11 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 becomes a 9.5 K/9 and 3 BB/9 in the majors, um, that’s still wonderful.  The Rays’ rotation as of right now is likely Archer, Odorizzi, Snell, Faria and Andriese.  The last one is the big question mark.  Instead of Andriese it could be Eovaldi or De Leon.  Honestly, I’m rooting for Honeywell to be their fifth man, but De Leon is 25 and should have that last spot.  That doesn’t mean at the first sign of injury or struggling Honeywell shouldn’t be promoted to their rotation.  Guessing it won’t be longer than early June when Honeywell is promoted with the chance for an April rotation spot.  For 2018, I’ll give him the projections of 7-2/3.55/1.17/110 in 102 IP with a chance for much more.

   
  1. So the fastball appears to rise in the first shot and the changeup falls of the table, good luck to the hitters if he can locate.

    I’m hoping Archer gets moved to open up a spot. This might be a question for Raplh but what about the boring but wildly successful Yonny Chirinos? He’ll be 24 next year and threw 141 great innings at AAA.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that’s more a question for Ralph

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @MaxFreeze: Looks like a swing guy from the pen to the rotation. They have a ton of arms, Ryan Yarborough is another.

      I think De Leon ends up in the pen, he can’t stay healthy and has the stuff to be a pen ace for a few years.

      Honeywell will be up, and trust me he can spot it. He’s got a boner inducing splitter too. I’m a splitter whore. When I watched Honeywell this year (happened to be his worst start back on 5/28) he was hitting 96 with the fastball consistently. The offspeed stuff is filthy, and he can shape all of his pitches. His feel for pitching is by far his most impressive attribute.

      • @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks for the analysis Ralph! Although the boner inducing splitter sounds painful.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Braves Ralph says:
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          @MaxFreeze: It’s an acquired taste, but you’ll get into it once the initial pain subsides.

  2. F-FOH says:
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    The stuff looks real good but that delivery looks like crap. I hate that low bend at the waist BS. Reminds me off injured Rodon and others who I feel put too much strain on their arms, shoulders and back that leads to the injuries. It’s fine if you are a reliever but not so good for starters….Use your body to pitch. On a side note I watched Last Days of Vietnam last night on Netflix. Pretty good doc. Still need to finish Ken Burns Vietnam

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I can see that, but he has stayed pretty injury-free… I actually went to watch the Ken Burns doc last night, start it at least… Turns out I need a PBS passport or some shizz… You donate to PBS to get it?

      • F-FOH says:
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        @Grey: we’ll see after he gets past 170 and then has to jump up every year. .

        I might just buy it on Amazon for 50 bucks. I’ll support the cause. I saw the first three episodes and they were quite good.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m all for supporting it, but I could’ve sworn I watched other stuff on PBS (so old!), and wasn’t sure I had to give money for it…

          • F-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I have a soft spot for the Nam vets. When I turned 21 and all my friends weren’t of age yet I would drink with those vets every night in the bar. Had a lot of interesting conversations

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I honestly don’t know much about Nam, which is why I wanted to watch the doc… When I saw the first episode was like 1879-1961, I was like ‘Ken Burns is thorough as shizz’

              • F-FOH says:
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                @Grey: that’s the thing with properly done history. You have to know how you got there to truly understand it. Without context you have bupkis

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  And thorough shizz! Yeah, agreed, the face that the build up to Nam is 70 years long, shows Burnsie cuts no corners… If he were doing the story of Razzball, he’d start 40 years before my birth!

                  • F-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: 40 years? It would start in Cougs childhood when Moses led the Jews to the promised land.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Cougs’ dad parted the Red Sea! Something most don’t know about him…

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      Total fun fact. How money would that be for a head stone

                      “Parter of the Red Sea”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… Speaking of which, Cougs’ dad bought me a burial plot recently… A) Sweet gesture, I guess B) I’m spending eternity in Indiana.

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      If the Razzball Hall of Fame ends up in Indiana then there won’t be good sushi for the visitors

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I was just there two weeks ago for a bar mitzvah, and I can say undoubtedly, there’s no good food, forget sushi

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      I’m sure they have a good steak.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I heard about this one place where the steak is as good as Wolfgang’s Cut, but I didn’t go… Steak’s not really my thing…

                    • F-FOH says:
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                      Be a man!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, stop it, dad!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @F-FOH: Pause his mechanics, I disagree, and I’ve seen him 80 feet from me. He repeats his delivery and his arm action is clean. His father is actually a disciple of Mike Marshall, and that’s where he learned his screwball.

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Its just a quick glance analysis. Im old school with my deliveries back when pitchers could go deep on the reg. Im just saying I don’t care for that style and when you start getting tired you rely more on the arm than the body and that’s when you get hurt, And yes I saw how repeatable those mechanics are, I just don’t care for the lack of bend long term.

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: do you have a link to his dad being a disciple. I would love to read that. Love the Marshall

  3. The Great Knoche says:
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    I really hope they trade Archer so he has a spot on opening day. Friend of mine lives in Montgomery and said when he was there he had the nastiest put away pitches of anyone at that level he’d ever seen.

    Really unlucky BABIP against at AAA. Looks on paper like the 3.64 is an outlier. Think he’s a sure fire ace, but hey I though Manaea would be a sure top 20 Pitcher last year so what do I know.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope Archer gets traded too, but I think it will be criminal if Honeywell isn’t up by at least June. He threw so many innings in the minors already…Nothing left to prove…

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @The Great Knoche: He had a couple of games in AAA where I think he was purposefully working on fastball command. I saw his start against the PawSox in May when he allowed 7 or 8 runs. Wind was blowing out pretty heavily. He was throwing fastballs to Rusney Castillo and Bryce Brentz and was totally avoiding leaning heavily on his offspeed stuff. My guess is he could have easily put both of them away, had he went with his secondaries.

  4. Ralph Lifshitz

    Braves Ralph says:
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    Did you realize Honeywell was suspended toward the end of the season for retweeting everyone that tweeted that he should be called up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Seriously?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Braves Ralph says:
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        @Grey: Yes!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s classic!

  5. F-FOH says:
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    No not Louie! I will never pull out my penis without being asked ever again.

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