The Milwaukee Brewers added reliever Devin Williams to the Major League roster earlier in the week. What can he offer, and will he stick around?
With the recent run of injuries, the Milwaukee Brewers were forced to dig into their Minor League system to round out their staff. 24-year old right-hander Devin Williams was added to the roster earlier this week, and he’s already made his Major League debut. While Williams has already flashed the stuff that got him to the Majors, what can the team really expect from him?
How did Williams throw in the Minors?
Williams started the year with the Milwaukee Brewers Double-A affiliate, the Biloxi Shuckers. He posted a 2.36 ERA in 31 appearances at Double-A. In 53 1/3 innings of work, Williams struck out 76, walked 29, and was tagged for three homers.
Williams’ work at Double-A earned him a mid-season promotion to Triple-A. He made three appearances for the San Antonio Missions, and threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings of work. He allowed two hits, one walk, and struck out six.
How about Williams’ debut?
Williams threw 1 2/3 innings in his Major League debut. He still has a 0.00 ERA, but he surrendered a pair of unearned runs on three hits and one walk. An error by Mike Moustakas prevented the runs from counting as earned against Williams. Williams did make an impression against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Three of the five outs that Williams recorded came via the strikeout.
What does Williams throw?
Hard. Williams throws hard.
In his Major League debut, Williams averaged 96.3 MPH on his fastball, 87.0 MPH on his slider, and 86.3 MPH on his change up.
Can Williams stick in the Majors?
Anyone who throws as hard as Williams does will have a chance to stay in a Major League bullpen. He has three pitches, including a slider that he can use to attack lefties, and a change up that he can use against righties. He can work multiple innings if necessary, and can serve as part of a bridge to Milwaukee Brewers closer Josh Hader.
Williams isn’t quite as nasty as Hader, and he’s not as refined as Corbin Burnes was in his debut, but he absolutely has the ability to become the next Milwaukee Brewers rookie pitcher to make an impact. Williams is must-see viewing when he takes the mound, and he could force his way into a key role down the stretch and into 2020.