3 players on the San Diego Padres Opening Day roster who won't finish on it
3. Brent Honeywell Jr. will not finish the 2023 season on the Padres roster
Brent Honeywell Jr. was at one point in time a highly touted prospect but injuries have derailed his career. He's made the transition from starter to reliever and will hopefully stay healthy.
The Padres took a chance on the right-handed in a move that required no risk with chance for some sort of reward.
Honeywell has looked pretty good to begin this season, allowing two runs in 8.1 innings pitched, but has very little MLB experience and history suggests his body won't hold up for the entire 162-game season. Honeywell's only MLB experience came in April of 2021 when he made three appearances (two starts) for Tampa Bay and threw 4.1 innings.
Honeywell does have the fact that he's out of options going for him, but I just don't see who the Padres remove from their roster once their arms come back from the Injured List instead of him.
Joe Musgrove, Adrian Morejon, Robert Suarez, and Drew Pomeranz will all need roster spots at some point this season. It's hard to see Honeywell outlasting four other Padres arms unless there're other injuries which is something that is impossible to predict.
Having too much depth is a good problem to have, and will be one the Padres stumble into eventually. Once this does happen, Honeywell is bound to be a roster casualty. It's possible he clears waivers, and it's also possible a team claims him and he latches on in a bullpen elsewhere.