Milwaukee Brewers: Taylor Williams Time Might Not Be Running Out
By Trevor Hooth
The Milwaukee Brewers called up Taylor Williams early in the season and he is still around.
When Christian Yelich went to the DL, Taylor Williams was the corresponding move. It seemed as though he would be a temporary option at the time. However, he is still wearing a Milwaukee Brewers uniform. His play is a huge part of that.
Boone Logan and Corey Knebel are not far off from being healthy and ready to go. That is going to make life difficult for the current bullpen arms.
Why Not Williams?
It is because of his play on the field. Williams is nine innings into his 2018 season with an unreal K/9 just over 15. His xFIP sits at 3.01. The only real knock on his play so far is his high walk rate.
The real reason that Williams would be a candidate to be sent down is because he can be optioned. Once Logan comes back, and it looks as if he will be the first, someone with an option will go to Colorado Springs. That means Brandon Woodruff’s or Williams’ time might be running out. When Knebel comes back, another move will be made. But apparently it won’t be Williams.
Many fans would like to see Oliver Drake DFA’d, however that seems less likely. Frankly, the Milwaukee Brewers will not risk losing him on waivers. Because of that, Woodruff and Williams appear to be fighting the clock.
The way things look, Drake’s days might also be limited. It is crazy to think that a bad outing might be the end of Oliver Drake. However, his inconsistency does not have to be tolerated anymore. There are more reliable arms ready to join the Milwaukee Brewers rotation.
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Williams is an excellent pitcher. He will be great in relief for the Brewers in the future. The depth in the bullpen will allow him to come along slowly, as opposed to getting thrown right into high leverage situations.