Devin Williams

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Devin Terran Williams

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Biographical Information[edit]

Devin Williams won the 2020 National League Rookie of the Year Award and also won the Trevor Hoffman Award as the best relief pitcher in the National League. Incredibly, he was not even the closer for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2020: that was the job of Josh Hader. But he did so well in a set-up role, putting up an ERA of 0.33 in 27 innings, allowing just 8 hits and striking out 53 against 9 walks, that he cleaned up when it came time to award postseason hardware. He went 4-1 and did not have a save. The low number of innings was a result of the season being shortened to 60 games by the Coronavirus pandemic, and they were barely double the amount he pitched over the last two months of the 2019 season after making his debut on August 7th. He did not appear in the postseason either year.

In 2021, he had his first complete season in the majors and while he was not as unhittable as in his rookie year, he still did quite well, as he went 8-2, 2.50 in 58 games. He picked up his first 3 career saves, and struck out 87 batters in 54 innings. The Brewers returned to the postseason for a fourth straight year, but when Devin joined in the celebrations in the team's clubhouse on September 26th, he broke his pitching hand, resulting in his being unavailable for the postseason. He apparently punched a wall after imbibing too much. He did not immediately realize the extent of the injury but when he felt discomfort trying to throw a couple of days later, he underwent x-rays, which led to his having surgery immediately. There was still an outside chance for him to be back if the Brewers went very deep in the postseason, but i wasn't the case, as his absence was one of the factors in their loss to the Arlanta Braves at the Division Series stage.

Notable Achievements[edit]

NL Rookie of the Year
2019 2020 2021
Pete Alonso Devin Williams Jonathan India

Further Reading[edit]

  • Tom Haudricourt: "Historic season earns Brewers relief pitcher Devin Williams NL Rookie of the Year", USA Today, November 9, 2020. [1]
  • Adam McCalvy: "Williams first reliever to win ROY since 2011",, November 9, 2020. [2]
  • Adam McCalvy: "'I've grown as a person': Williams moves on from disappointing end to 2021 season",, March 15, 2022. [3]

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