For the first time in three and a half years, Brent Honeywell Jr. took the mound on Sunday afternoon, and it appeared as if the Tampa Bay Rays right-hander had not missed a beat, let alone endured such a long layoff.
In his major league debut, the 26-year-old needed only 21 pitches to retire all six Yankees he faced in the first inning of an 8-4 ten-inning loss at Tropicana Field.
“It was a lot of fun,” Honeywell remarked after the game, which his parents watched. “It’s something I’ll never forget.” It was unquestionably a significant step forward.”
Honeywell last pitched in a regular season or postseason game on September 19, 2017 for the Rays’ Durham affiliate, when he pitched in the Triple-A championship game. The gap between appearances was now 1,299 days.
Honeywell tossed only nine pitches in the first inning, crediting the team’s medical coordinator, Paul Harker, and the rest of the training staff for bringing him to this stage.
On a 2-2 pitch, he got leadoff batter DJ LeMahieu to fly out to right. For the second out, Aaron Judge grounded out to the left side into the shift.
After that, Honeywell got Aaron Hicks to ground out to Yandy Diaz at first base. His first inning was over in about a minute.
Is Brent Honeywell Jr. Married?
Brent Honeywell Jr. is not married. He is currently in a relationship with Makenzie Crimmins.e