The Brewers used their first overall pick (in the second round) in the 2013 Draft on Williams, an athletic and projectable right-hander from the St. Louis prep ranks. He was eased into pro ball, spending two seasons in Rookie ball before finally advancing to full-season Class A Wisconsin in 2015 and pitching well there. Williams continued to make strides the following year, reaching the Florida State League, but had his entire 2017 campaign wiped out by Tommy John surgery that also cost him a portion of the '18 season. After struggling as starter upon his return from a 22-month layoff, Williams was moved to the bullpen in 2019 and immediately took to the new role, showing improved velocity and a knack for missing bats at Double-A Biloxi en route to a Futures Game selection in July.
As a starter, Williams operated with a low-90s fastball and flashed a plus breaking ball. But after tacking on some muscle while recovering from surgery, he's sitting at 95-98 mph out of the 'pen and at times touching 100 mph. He's learned to be aggressive with his heater, throwing it with late life that enables him to consistently beat hitters up in the zone His changeup features a 12-13 mph demarcation in velocity off of his fastball and has emerged as his best secondary weapon post-surgery, while his mid- to upper-80s slider gives him a third Major League-caliber offering. His control has improved along with stuff, though he still has gains to make with his command.
The physical strength Williams added during his rehab process has made him a more durable pitcher, and he's had no issues working multiple innings in 2019. The Brewers view him as potential multi-inning weapon out of the bullpen, and it's a safe bet that they'll add Williams to their 40-man roster this offseason so as to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.
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Milwaukee Brewers recalled RHP Devin Williams from Biloxi Shuckers.
RHP Devin Williams assigned to Biloxi Shuckers from San Antonio Missions.
Milwaukee Brewers optioned RHP Devin Williams to San Antonio Missions.
Milwaukee Brewers selected the contract of Devin Williams from San Antonio Missions.
RHP Devin Williams assigned to San Antonio Missions from Biloxi Shuckers.
Biloxi Shuckers activated RHP Devin Williams from the temporarily inactive list.
Biloxi Shuckers placed RHP Devin Williams on the temporarily inactive list.
RHP Devin Williams assigned to Biloxi Shuckers from Brewers Extended Spring Training.
RHP Devin Williams assigned to Brewers Extended Spring Training from Carolina Mudcats.
Carolina Mudcats activated RHP Devin Williams from the 7-day injured list.
Carolina Mudcats placed RHP Devin Williams on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 23, 2018.
RHP Devin Williams assigned to Carolina Mudcats.
RHP Devin Williams assigned to Helena Brewers from Carolina Mudcats.
Devin Williams assigned to Brevard County Manatees from Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
RHP Devin Williams assigned to Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
RHP Devin Williams assigned to Wisconsin Timber Rattlers from Helena Brewers.
RHP Devin Williams assigned to Helena Brewers from AZL Brewers.
Milwaukee Brewers signed RHP Devin Williams.
RHP Devin Williams assigned to AZL Brewers.