Tampa Bay Rays Draft Pitchers Cameron Varga and Brent Honeywell


Mar 5, 2014; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon (70) and VP of baseball operations Andrew Friedman talk prior to the game against the New York Yankees at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After picking Casey Gillaspie 20th overall earlier tonight, the Tampa Bay Rays selected two right-handed pitchers in Cameron Varga 60th overall, before taking Brent Honeywell at No.72 in the 2014 MLB draft.

Varga is a 19-year-old high school pitcher from Cincinnati Christian Academy and he has filthy numbers.

That was before Varga went out and threw a no-hitter again tonight, his fifth of the season where he struck out 15 while hitting 95 with his fastball. Earlier this season, Varga struck out 33 consecutive batters. He is committed to attend North Carolina after originally committing to Florida to play short stop.

He stands 6’3 and weighs 205 lbs. His fastball, as mentioned, is very good and he also possesses a good curveball. A changeup is also making good progress in his repertoire.

The concerns with Varga are his health — he’s missed time with a number of injuries (bicep and cyst) over the last year or so. The fact he is almost 20 is also somewhat of a red flag, but age doesn’t matter when you’re on the mound throwing strikes and getting outs.

Honeywell is out of Walter States Community College (Tenn). In 2014, he’s 10-3 with a 2.81 ERA with 102 strikeouts in 83.1 innings pitched.

His fastball floats between 89-93 but can get up to 95. He also has a screwball, with some describing it as his best pitch. He’s 6’3, 180 lbs.

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