With the All-Star break all wrapped up, our series where we give out grades to the Milwaukee Brewers players for their first half performances in 2023 also comes to an end. In our final piece, we take a look at the relief pitchers.
Coming into the 2023 season, it was fairly obvious that the Brewers had some work to do to make the bullpen more consistent than it was in the previous season. Though some questions remain at middle relief, the back end of the bullpen has actually been quite solid and is a big part of why the Crew are wear they are heading into the second half of the season.
Here are our 2023 first half grades for the Milwaukee Brewers outfielders and designated hitters.
RHP Devin Williams
As good as he has been since his break out NL Rookie of the Year season in 2020, some Brewers fans may have still had questions as to how Devin Williams would look in his first full season taking over the closer's role from Josh Hader. Well if there were any fears, it should be safe to say that The Airbender has put them to rest.
Williams has been outstanding in 2023, going 4-2 with a 1.89 ERA and a 1.050 WHIP while converting 20 of 22 saves. His 20 saves rank 4th in the National League at the All-Star break while his ERA ranks fifth among qualified relievers.
It's been a near guaranteed success when Williams has come into a game this year as he's held teams scoreless in 30 of 34 appearances. So it should be no surprise that the man with The Airbender was Milwaukee's lone original All-Star selection, before teammate Corbin Burnes was added as a replacement, that is.