Rays’ prospect Honeywell earns All-Star Future’s Game MVP, sends cap to the Hall of Fame

Written by: Cady Lowery and Bill Francis

Rays’ prospect Brent Honeywell has yet to play in a big league game. But his cap already has a spot in Cooperstown.

Honeywell threw two scoreless innings in the All-Star Futures Game on July 9, 2017. He struck out four and only allowed one hit for the USA team, earning him the Most Valuable Player award for the game.

Having something of his in Cooperstown is still a little bit of a shock to the 22 year-old minor leaguer.

“It really threw me off guard because they told me it’s going to be sitting in Cooperstown,” Honeywell said. “I thought that was pretty cool. It’s actually awesome. This was definitely been one of the best days of my life.

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Brent Honeywell poses with his MVP Award, earned during the 2017 All-Star Futures Game on July 9, 2017 at Marlins Park. (Jean Fruth / National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

Honeywell became the first Future’s Game pitcher to win the award, helping the United States team to a 7-6 victory over the World team, with the United States winning its 12th Futures Game since it was created in 1999.

Honeywell is the Rays’ No. 2 prospect and MLB’s No. 22 top prospective player.

“I’ve never been to Cooperstown,” Honeywell said, “but I’m absolutely going to go now.”

Cady Lowery is the 2017 public relations intern in the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum; Bill Francis is a Library Associate at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

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