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Honeywell selected by Tampa Bay Rays in MLB Draft
 June 6, 2014

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. – Walters State freshman pitcher Brent Honeywell was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays with the 72nd overall pick in the 2014 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft Thursday night.

Honeywell, a native of Carnesville, Ga., was taken in the second round of the draft, becoming the highest pick for a player from the Senators program since John Wilder was selected in the first round of the regular draft in 1985 by the California Angels.

Honeywell joins Wilder, Greg Ehmig (second round by Seattle Mariners, 1985), Jimmy Meadows (second round by Texas Rangers, 1984) and Bobby Falls (second round by Houston Astros, 1981) as the only top two round picks in program history.

Honeywell put together an impressive freshman campaign for the Senators, compiling an 11-3 worksheet with a 2.81 earned run average. The right-hander worked 83.1 innings, allowing 71 hits and 30 runs – 26 earned – while striking out 102 batters and walking just 15. He averaged more than 11 strikeouts per nine innings pitched and earned All-TCCAA First Team, All-East Central District, NJCAA Second Team All-America honors and an NJCAA Division I Gold Glove this season.

MLB.com described Honeywell, saying his fastball velocity and a screwball made him an upper level talent in this year’s draft.

“If you’re looking for a Draft prospect with a unique arsenal, then Honeywell might be right up your alley,” the analysis said. “That’s because the junior college standout’s best secondary offering is a screwball, a pitch not typically thrown by right-handers. It has good movement and can be a swing and miss pitch, especially when he keeps it down.

“Honeywell’s fastball will sit around 90 mph and touch 95 with occasional sink, an improvement velocity-wise in the past year. He’ll also throw a curveball and changeup, both of which have the chance to be at least useable pitches in the future. Honeywell is also very athletic and with a big projectable frame, attributes that always garner attention during the draft.”

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