Brent Honeywell is one of the best pitching prospects in baseball. The Tampa Bay Rays farmhand is currently ranked no. 12 by MLB.com, who grades him as having four potentially average or better offerings, including a screwball that put him on the map in the first place. If it weren't for Honeywell's screwball, his confidence would the thing known best about him. He believes in himself, and that belief benefits him in a sport as at-times defeating as baseball. But that belief can also manifest itself in ways that can rub others the wrong way. To some extent, it seems to be doing just that -- particularly with teammate Chris Archer. You don't normally see a team's star exchange words publicly with (for the time being) a minor leaguer, but that's what happened on Tuesday. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times chronicled the kerfuffle, with Archer expressing his desire for Honeywell to -- well, stop talking so much: "He talks a lot. I've already told him, until he gets some dirt on his spikes, he needs to keep it down a bit. I'm excited to see him pitch, but you can't do all that talking without ever throwing a major-league baseball in your life.'' Honeywell, perhaps not one for reading the room, offered some choice quips of his own. This was the most biting.
Rays ace and top pitching prospect trade public jabs, have an interesting relationship
CBS Sports | Feb 15