In the 2013 first player draft, the Brewers used their top pick to draft right hander Devin Williams (in the second round, 54th overall). Williams chose to sign a $1.35 million contract with the Brewers over attending the University of Missouri on a scholarship.
In 2013 while playing for the Brewers affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League Williams posted a 3.38 ERA over 34.2 innings giving up 17 runs, and 22 walks while throwing 39 strikeouts. In 2014, while pitching for the Helena Brewers in the Pioneer League (another Rookie League affiliate) Williams posted a 4.48 ERA over 66.1 innings giving up 39 runs and just 3 homers, but allowed 20 walks.
As a 19-year old in the short season playing for Helena Williams was a solid starter, sitting with average stuff, a 90-94 mph fastball. But when it came time to play in the instructionals he showed his best stuff there, there his fastball sat at 92-95 and his changeup and slider were better than average.
In 2014 Williams showed continued improvement, posting a 3.44 ERA over 89 innings giving up 39 runs again, but this time at the Mid- A level playing for the Timber Rattlers.
In each of this three seasons, he has had an average to below average FIP (4.01, 4.02, and 3.98) which is some cause for concern, however there are some in the Brewer’s Organization that think his 2015 Low-A assignment will be his breakout year, which is why we have him as the #6 Prospect for the Brewers.