Brewers: 5 Candidates to fill the closer's role with Devin Williams out with injury

Devin Williams has two stress fractures in his back and is expected to miss around three months

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The Brewers have just lost a big piece of their pitching staff with the news that All Star closer Devin Williams is going to miss the first half of the 2024 season. Now the question is, who's going to fill the void left behind without Williams in the picture for three months?

It's likely that Milwaukee does not go ahead and sign a player that can fill the role as they already have reliable options on the roster and there aren't any free agents left out there at this point that could just be plugged in to the closer's role. It'll be difficult to match what Williams brought on the mound in the 9th inning but the Brewers have a very deep and talented bullpen.

Manager Pat Murphy said that it's likely going to be a rotation of pitchers in that spot rather than just one declared closer. Here are five pitchers that are capable of closing out games for the Brewers to start the 2024 season.

1. Trevor Megill

One of the more obvious options would be to have Trevor Megill fill this role at the beginning of the season. He has never pitched as a closer in his career but he makes a lot of sense to do so. Megill faced 148 batters in 34.1 innings pitched last year for Milwaukee, becoming one of the more reliable pitchers in the bullpen.

Megill also had a 13.50 K/9 and struck out 35.1% of the hitters he faced last season, at that rate he would do just fine coming in to save games. The 30-year-old was used in a variety of different roles last season and carved out a nice spot in the bullpen. Megill only saw the 9th inning four times last season but has the stamina to last if needed.

Megill's triple digit velocity certainly lends itself well to the closer's spot. He earned high leverage spots late last year and should be in line for more of them now with Williams out.