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Rays prospect Brent Honeywell suspended four games for “disciplinary reasons”

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Rays pitching prospect Brent Honeywell has been suspended four games for “disciplinary reasons,” Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. It’s unclear exactly what Honeywell did to warrant the suspension.

Honeywell, 22, was taken by the Rays in the second round of the 2014 draft. MLB Pipeline currently ranks him as the Rays’ No. 1 prospect and No. 14 overall in baseball. The right-hander has spent most of his season with Triple-A Durham, posting a 3.80 ERA with a 147/31 K/BB ratio in 118 1/3 innings.

Honeywell is a potential promotion candidate when rosters expand on September 1. It is also unclear if his suspension impacts those chances.

Bryce Harper will participate in the Home Run Derby if he makes the All-Star team

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Bryce Harper has, in recent years, declined participation in the Home Run Derby, with his last go at it coming in 2013, losing to Yoenis Cespedes in the final round. With the All-Star Game taking place at Nationals Park in Washington, however, he has changed his mind, saying today that he will compete if he is selected for the All-Star team.

Harper is currently second in voting among National League outfielders, so he stands a pretty good chance of making it. Even if he falls off in the voting, you have to assume that the powers that be will nudge NL manager A.J. Hinch to select Harper as a reserve, partially because of his actual power — he does have 19 homers so far this year — but mostly for his star power.

Simply put, you know dang well that both Major League Baseball and the Nationals want a home town guy with big time star power in the Derby, even if he’s not having as good a year as he’s capable of. As such, figure to see Harper hitting long balls in D.C. on July 16.