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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2. Joel Payamps

Another option at closer to begin the season would be Joel Payamps who spent most of last year as the setup man for Devin Williams. Payamps doesn't have much experience as a closing pitcher, but he has three career saves under his belt, which he got last season with Milwaukee.

Payamps arguably had the best season of his career last year posting a 2.55 ERA and 3.48 FIP across 70.2 innings. His track record before that wasn't particluarly shabby either, though, as he's only had one season in which he pitched double digit innings where he had an ERA over 4.00.

Payamps is viewed as one of the more experienced replacements due to the team already relying on him later on in games and perhaps they will hope that transitions to closing games.

3. Abner Uribe

Hard-throwing Abner Uribe is a sleeper option for the closer role as he does have some experience from the minor leagues. Before being called up to the show, Uribe had seven saves along with a 1.80 ERA during his time in Double-A.

While he didn't make it to the majors until part way into the 2023 season, Uribe performed well once he got there. In 30.2 innings pitched, he had a shiny 1.76 ERA and struck out over 30% of the batters that he faced.

He relies on three pitches which are a fastball that reaches that sits around 100 MPH, a sinker, and a slider. Uribe was mainly used in the 7th and 8th innings last season, only appearing in the 9th inning twice, though he did earn his first major league save in one of those two outings.