Rays’ Honeywell has MVP honors
UNITED STATES 7, WORLD 6
MIAMI» More than two hours after pitching in the All-Star Futures Game, Tampa Bay Rays prospect Brent Honeywell was still thinking about delivery and location.
Where should his newly won MVP trophy go?
“Honestly, I don’t know,” Honeywell said as he held the hardware at his locker. “My parents are probably going to have to play rockpaper-scissors for it.”
Honeywell, the only pitcher to throw more than one inning, struck out four in two scoreless innings Sunday to help a wellbalanced United States side past the World team 7-6 at Marlins Park.
Honeywell was the first of 10 pitchers for the United States, and the group combined for 11 strikeouts. The first one came on the only screwball Honeywell threw — to Alex Verdugo of the Dodgers.
“I had thrown him everything else,” said Honeywell, a right-hander who is with Triple-A Durham. “I thought, ‘If I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it right here.’ And it was a really good one.” Verdugo agreed.
“I had faced him before and knew he had the screwball,” Verdugo said. “It dropped down into the zone. Sometimes you just have to tip your hat.”
By the fourth inning the U.S. team had nine hits, one by every starter. The World team had only one baserunner until the fifth, and by then the score was 7-0.
Josh Naylor of the Padres drove in the World team’s first run with a single in the fifth.
“Regardless of how you do, it’s a unique experience — a taste of the big leagues,” Naylor said.
The World team scored twice in the ninth before A.J. Puk of the Athletics got the final out for a save. The United States won for the seventh time in the past eight years.