Devin Williams
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Williams was not guaranteed a spot in the Brewers' bullpen heading into last season, but my, how things change. That last word is key, as Williams' changeup helped him transition from afterthought to one of the best relievers in the league. Williams threw the pitch more than half the time and coupled that with a fastball that averaged a tick under 97 mph. He threw a slider here and there, but on the strength of his two-pitch mix he allowed just one earned run and averaged just shy of two punchouts out per inning. Relievers -- particularly those that don't close -- rarely factor into the ROY mix, but Williams was so good he took home the award in the NL. He was named the top NL Reliever to boot. On the heels of his dominant campaign, Williams will be one of the top relievers to target in fantasy circles. If Josh Hader is moved in the offseason, only a couple relievers would be more desirable in fantasy drafts than Williams. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#196
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$Signed a $1.35 million contract with the Brewers in June of 2013.
Snags third save
PMilwaukee Brewers
August 19, 2021
Williams tossed a scoreless 10th inning and picked up his third save of the season in Wednesday's victory over the Cardinals.
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Closer Josh Hader pitched the bottom of the ninth inning after the Brewers tied the game in the top of the frame, so Williams got a shot to close it out after the offense put up three runs in the 10th inning. Although he allowed the courtesy runner to score, that was the extent of the damage. Williams has allowed just one earned run since June 5, and since that stretch began he has recorded five wins, three saves, a 0.38 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP while posting a 38:9 K:BB over 24 innings.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
19
How many pitches does Devin Williams generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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What part of the game does Devin Williams generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-3%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-32%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .169 212 72 30 30 4 1 6
Since 2019vs Right .203 174 78 12 32 6 1 2
2021vs Left .194 119 36 18 19 2 1 4
2021vs Right .189 100 47 9 17 2 0 1
2020vs Left .075 62 30 8 4 1 0 1
2020vs Right .111 38 23 1 4 0 1 0
2019vs Left .269 31 6 4 7 1 0 1
2019vs Right .344 36 8 2 11 4 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-3%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-21%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-68%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 2.11 1.19 47.0 9 1 1 14.0 4.8 0.4
Since 2019Away 2.17 1.05 45.2 2 2 2 15.2 3.4 1.2
2021Home 2.30 1.24 27.1 6 0 1 12.2 5.6 0.3
2021Away 2.92 1.18 24.2 1 2 2 16.8 3.6 1.5
2020Home 0.00 0.56 14.1 3 1 0 18.8 3.1 0.0
2020Away 0.71 0.71 12.2 1 0 0 16.3 2.8 0.7
2019Home 6.75 2.63 5.1 0 0 0 10.1 5.1 1.7
2019Away 2.16 1.20 8.1 0 0 0 8.6 3.2 1.1
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Stat Review
How does Devin Williams compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.07
 
K/9
14.4
 
BB/9
4.7
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
95.4 mph
 
ERA
2.60
 
WHIP
1.21
 
BABIP
.328
 
GB/FB
1.42
 
Left On Base
82.1%
 
Exit Velocity
79.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.9%
 
Spin Rate
2640 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
16.7%
 
Swinging Strike
18.6%
 
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After working mostly as a starter for his first five seasons as a professional, Williams transitioned to a full-time relief role in 2019 and the move immediately paid dividends. The right-hander started the season with Double-A Biloxi, where he pitched well enough to be selected for the Futures Game. He ultimately earned a promotion to Triple-A San Antonio in late July after compiling a 2.36 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 53.1 innings with the Shuckers. Williams made three scoreless appearances for the Missions before earning a promotion to the majors, where he posted a 3.95 ERA, 1.76 WHIP and 14:6 K:BB across 13.2 innings down the stretch. The 25-year-old showed reverse splits with both Biloxi and the big-league club. Williams will probably have to cut down on his walks (13.2 BB% at Double-A in 2019) if he wants to become a reliable bullpen piece for the Brewers in 2020.
Williams already has an average-to-plus changeup to go with a fastball capable of hitting 95 mph. That alone gives Williams, Milwaukee's second-round pick, a good chance of eventually landing in a major league rotation. Add the fact that the 6-foot-3 righty has room to bulk up and continues to improve his breaking pitches and it's looking like the 22-year-old can travel quickly up the organizational ladder. The question will be if he can overcome his control, which has been shaky at best in his professional career. Williams walked more than four batters per nine innings at both Low-A and High-A, and while he has been nasty enough to get away with it thus far, the upper levels of professional ball won't be so kind. In order to continue his development as a starter, Williams needs to show signs of improving his control in 2017.
Williams spent his first season in the minors in 2015, playing for Low-A Wisconsin. He's only 21-years old, but already has three full seasons in the Brewers' organization and is one of their top prospects on the rise. Despite a 3-9 record, Williams posted a 3.44 ERA and 1.25 WHIP on the mound in the 2015 season after coming off a forearm strain that kept him out until late May. Looking ahead to the 2016 season, Williams will continue to climb through the minors but it looks unlikely to expect him to make the big league roster in the next year.
Since being taken out of high school in the second round of the 2013 draft, Williams has fooled hitters with 105 strikeouts in 101 innings, thanks mainly to his quality fastball that hovers in the low-to-mid 90s. His ERA slipped from his first season to his second, but he cut his walks in half, and has given up just five home runs as a pro. After spending the last two seasons in rookie ball, he could see his first action at the Low-A level in 2014.
The Brewers lost their first-round pick last season after signing Kyle Lohse, but they still snagged Williams, whom some considered a first-round talent, in the middle of the second round. Williams already throws a fastball in the mid-90s, and he could add more velocity as he matures. He still has some work to do on his curveball and changeup, and will need to cut down his walks, but he threw the ball well in his professional debut, posting a 3.38 ERA and striking out 39 batters over 34.2 innings. Williams will not turn 20 until next offseason, so the Brewers may opt to keep him in the Rookie Leagues for now. However, Williams has the potential to be a top-end starter a few years down the road.
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Notches second save
PMilwaukee Brewers
August 10, 2021
Williams gave up three hits and struck out two in a scoreless seventh inning Tuesday to record his second save of the season in the first game of a doubleheader against the Cubs.
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Earns first big-league save
PMilwaukee Brewers
August 4, 2021
Williams struck out two and walked one in a scoreless inning to earn the save in Wednesday's 4-2 win over Pittsburgh.
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Closing opportunity opens up
PMilwaukee Brewers
August 2, 2021
Williams is likely to fill in as Milwaukee's closer after Josh Hader (illness) was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Monday.
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Returns from IL
PMilwaukee Brewers
July 27, 2021
Williams (elbow) was activated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Will Sammon of The Athletic reports.
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Bullpen on tap
PMilwaukee Brewers
Elbow
July 23, 2021
Williams (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Saturday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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