SP,RP - MIL
RHP Devin Williams was named the 2020 National League Rookie of the Year on Monday.
Williams was dominant in a shortened 2020 campaign, owning a (4-1) record along with a 0.33 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and 53:9 K:BB across over 27 innings. He received 14 first place votes and 95 points. Williams made history becoming the only pitcher to win the NL Rookie of the Year without making a start or recording a save. Williams is dealing with a shoulder injury, but is expected to be fully healthy for the 2021 campaign.
Brewers GM David Stearns said Tuesday that rookie reliever Devin Williams (shoulder) would've had a "good chance" to be active for the NLDS had the Brewers advanced.
Williams missed the Wild Card Round against the Dodgers due to shoulder soreness. Stearns added if this had been the regular season Williams likely would've needed a 10-day IL stint but would've returned when first eligible. The soreness isn't expected to be an issue moving forward.
Devin Williams (shoulder) was a surprise omission from the Brewers' Wild Card roster. It was later revealed that he is experiencing inflammation in his throwing shoulder. Williams told reporters before Wednesday's game that he believes he will be ready for the NLDS if the Brewers make it past the Dodgers.
Williams was the best pitcher in baseball this season. He finished the year worth 1.4 WAR with a 0.33 ERA, 0.63 WHIP, 1.09 xFIP, 17.67 K/9 and 5.89 K/BB in 27 innings. He finished in the 100th percentile among qualified pitchers in xwOBA, xERA, xBA, xSLG, K%, and WHIFF% while also recording a 98th percentile finish in Exit Velocity and a 93rd percentile finish in Hard Hit %. He threw his signature Change-Up 227 times this season and generated WHIFFs 139 times (61.1%). Williams was simply in another league and if healthy and deployed in the right situation has the power to turn a series on his own. The Dodgers are fortunate they don't have to face him in the Wild Card round because he is the best relief prospect since Mariano Rivera. He is not an option for DFS players when he's healthy and he is not a household name but owners preparing for 2021 would be hard pressed to find a better sleeper pick than Devin Williams.
Devin Williams has been left off the playoff roster due to an arm issue.
Williams had an incredible rookie campaign, pitching to a 0.33 ERA with a 48.6% whiff rate. Look for him to be a top-15 reliever off the board next year, assuming this arm issue isn't significant.