Devin Williams
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After working mostly as a starter for his first five seasons as a professional, Williams transitioned to a full-time relief role in 2019 and the move immediately paid dividends. The right-hander started the season with Double-A Biloxi, where he pitched well enough to be selected for the Futures Game. He ultimately earned a promotion to Triple-A San Antonio in late July after compiling a 2.36 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 53.1 innings with the Shuckers. Williams made three scoreless appearances for the Missions before earning a promotion to the majors, where he posted a 3.95 ERA, 1.76 WHIP and 14:6 K:BB across 13.2 innings down the stretch. The 25-year-old showed reverse splits with both Biloxi and the big-league club. Williams will probably have to cut down on his walks (13.2 BB% at Double-A in 2019) if he wants to become a reliable bullpen piece for the Brewers in 2020. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $1.35 million contract with the Brewers in June of 2013.
Wins Rookie of the Year honors
PMilwaukee Brewers
November 9, 2020
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Williams faced just 100 batters to win the award, but he struck out a remarkable 53 of them. He gave up just one earned run all season in 27 innings of work, holding opposing hitters to a .089 batting average. The righty earned 14 out of 30 first-place votes and 27 top-three votes overall. Alec Bohm and Jake Cronenworth tied for second behind him.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
20
Last 10 Games
21
Last 5 Games
22
How many pitches does Devin Williams generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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121+
 
1-10
 
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121+
What part of the game does Devin Williams generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-37%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-32%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .139 93 36 12 11 2 0 2
Since 2018vs Right .221 74 31 3 15 4 1 1
2020vs Left .075 62 30 8 4 1 0 1
2020vs Right .111 38 23 1 4 0 1 0
2019vs Left .269 31 6 4 7 1 0 1
2019vs Right .344 36 8 2 11 4 0 1
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-30%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-68%
ERA on Road
2018
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 1.83 1.12 19.2 3 1 0 16.5 3.7 0.5
Since 2018Away 1.29 0.90 21.0 1 0 0 13.3 3.0 0.9
2020Home 0.00 0.56 14.1 3 1 0 18.8 3.1 0.0
2020Away 0.71 0.71 12.2 1 0 0 16.3 2.8 0.7
2019Home 6.75 2.63 5.1 0 0 0 10.1 5.1 1.7
2019Away 2.16 1.20 8.1 0 0 0 8.6 3.2 1.1
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Devin Williams compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
5.89
 
K/9
17.7
 
BB/9
3.0
 
HR/9
0.3
 
Fastball
96.5 mph
 
ERA
0.33
 
WHIP
0.63
 
BABIP
.232
 
GB/FB
2.44
 
Left On Base
83.3%
 
Exit Velocity
79.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.9%
 
Spin Rate
2578 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
19.5%
 
Swinging Strike
22.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Williams already has an average-to-plus changeup to go with a fastball capable of hitting 95 mph. That alone gives Williams, Milwaukee's second-round pick, a good chance of eventually landing in a major league rotation. Add the fact that the 6-foot-3 righty has room to bulk up and continues to improve his breaking pitches and it's looking like the 22-year-old can travel quickly up the organizational ladder. The question will be if he can overcome his control, which has been shaky at best in his professional career. Williams walked more than four batters per nine innings at both Low-A and High-A, and while he has been nasty enough to get away with it thus far, the upper levels of professional ball won't be so kind. In order to continue his development as a starter, Williams needs to show signs of improving his control in 2017.
Williams spent his first season in the minors in 2015, playing for Low-A Wisconsin. He's only 21-years old, but already has three full seasons in the Brewers' organization and is one of their top prospects on the rise. Despite a 3-9 record, Williams posted a 3.44 ERA and 1.25 WHIP on the mound in the 2015 season after coming off a forearm strain that kept him out until late May. Looking ahead to the 2016 season, Williams will continue to climb through the minors but it looks unlikely to expect him to make the big league roster in the next year.
Since being taken out of high school in the second round of the 2013 draft, Williams has fooled hitters with 105 strikeouts in 101 innings, thanks mainly to his quality fastball that hovers in the low-to-mid 90s. His ERA slipped from his first season to his second, but he cut his walks in half, and has given up just five home runs as a pro. After spending the last two seasons in rookie ball, he could see his first action at the Low-A level in 2014.
The Brewers lost their first-round pick last season after signing Kyle Lohse, but they still snagged Williams, whom some considered a first-round talent, in the middle of the second round. Williams already throws a fastball in the mid-90s, and he could add more velocity as he matures. He still has some work to do on his curveball and changeup, and will need to cut down his walks, but he threw the ball well in his professional debut, posting a 3.38 ERA and striking out 39 batters over 34.2 innings. Williams will not turn 20 until next offseason, so the Brewers may opt to keep him in the Rookie Leagues for now. However, Williams has the potential to be a top-end starter a few years down the road.
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Named top reliever
PMilwaukee Brewers
October 24, 2020
Williams was named the 2020 National League Reliever of the Year on Saturday, Marc Carig of The Athletic reports.
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Normal offseason awaits
PMilwaukee Brewers
October 5, 2020
Brewers general manager David Stearns said Monday that Williams won't require any procedures for his right shoulder and should be in store for a relatively normal offseason, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Out with arm issue
PMilwaukee Brewers
Shoulder
September 30, 2020
Williams was left off the Brewers' wild-card roster Wednesday due to right shoulder soreness, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
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Nabs win in relief
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 26, 2020
Williams (4-1) picked up the win in the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, giving up two hits over two scoreless innings of relief. He struck out one without walking a batter.
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Overwhelms Reds in relief outing
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 23, 2020
Williams struck out five of the seven batters he faced over two scoreless frames en route to picking up his ninth hold of the season Tuesday in the Brewers' 3-2 win over the Reds.
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