Milwaukee Brewers’ Prospects: Devin Williams Dealing in Wisconsin
When Devin Williams was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the second round of the 2013 draft, he was viewed as a second round pick with first round talent. Although he has not had the most impressive start to his professional career, the 20-year-old prospect is still seen as the top arm in the Brewers system. Here is a look at his talent and how he is getting the job done at Class A Wisconsin.
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This season, after a late start, Williams struggled a bit out of the gates. Through his first three starts, Williams with an ERA of 7.59. But his last three starts however have showed why he is so highly touted. In three starts since May 31st, Williams has allowed just three earned runs over 16.2 innings (an ERA of 1.67 in that span) as he has been able to lower his ERA by almost four full points.
Looking at his numbers overall, the way Williams will continue to improve is by lowering his walk rate. So far this season, he has walked 13 batters (and hit two more) in just over 27 innings. Even with this poor walk rate, he has been able to keep his WHIP at a career best 1.28 while opposing hitters have batted just .224 against him. If he can find the plate with consistency, he will be continue to be tough to beat.
With a powerful fastball and a sinking change-up he has the potential to be a top of the rotation starter for years to come when he gets to Milwaukee. The Timber Rattlers rotation has seen great performance from pitchers like Cy Sneed and Kodi Medeiros, but Williams is shown that he is a star, too. With plenty of upside, he is proving that he is an untouchable arm to build around for the future.