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After another spectacular season in 2023, Devin Williams finds himself at the center of trade rumors - similar to former teammate Josh Hader a few years ago. Williams is under team control for 2 more seasons before he becomes a free-agent in 2026 and there's no question he would command a haul if Milwaukee were to trade him. For now, the 2-time All-Star enters 2024 as the Brewers' unquestioned closer after tallying a career-high 36 saves last season. Williams' devastating "Airbender" changeup remained effective (.097 BAA), while his mid-90's 4-seamer generated a career-best 42% whiff rate. His walk rate was poor, but consistent with recent outputs and he improved his ratios for the second consecutive year. The right hander's 1.53 ERA was 6th-best among qualified relievers, while his 0.92 WHIP was 4th-best. Consistency is what you can expect from Williams, who is a candidate to be the first closer off the board in drafts this spring.

Fantasy Stats

Year fpts
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
Innings Pitched
Base on Balls (Walk)
Earned Run Average
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
2024 0.00 0.00
2023 447.57.3 58.7 8 3 36 87 28 1.53 0.92
2022 2804.3 60.7 6 4 15 96 30 1.93 1.01
3y Avg. 3035 57.7 7 3 18 90 29 2.03 1.04

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  • Brewers' Devin Williams: Plays catch Saturday

    Williams (back) played catch before Saturday's game against the Astros, Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Saturday marks the first time Williams has done any sort of throwing since being shut down during spring training due to multiple stress fractures in his back. The 29-year-old closer still has a long way to go before the Brewers can think about sending him out on a minor-league rehab assignment, but he is certainly trending in the right direction. He's expected to rejoin Milwaukee's bullpen near the All-Star break.
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  • Brewers' Devin Williams: Nearing throwing program

    Manager Pat Murphy said Friday that Williams (back) is scheduled to begin playing catch within the next two weeks, Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Williams will be looked at by a doctor within the next few days, which will help determine how far away he is from beginning a throwing program. Though he seems to be trending in the right direction, the 29-year-old closer is still not expected back until around the All-Star break.
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  • Brewers' Devin Williams: Aims for return by All-Star break

    Brewers general manager Matt Arnold said Wednesday that Williams (back) is expected to be out until around the All-Star break, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Initial estimates in mid-March when Williams was diagnosed with two stress fractures in his back had the closer missing three months. Arnold's timetable appears to be more conservative than that, although with Williams yet to resume baseball activities, any timetable is approximate at this juncture. Abner Uribe has been serving as the Brewers' closer early on this season.
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  • Brewers' Devin Williams: Transferred to 60-day IL

    The Brewers transferred Williams (back) to the 60-day injured list Tuesday. The move doesn't change Williams' timetable, as he is slated to be out until at least mid-June while recovering from two stress fractures in his back. Kevin Herget will take Williams' spot on the 40-man roster.
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  • Brewers' Devin Williams: Set to miss three months

    Williams was diagnosed with two stress fractures in his back Wednesday and will miss approximately three months, Jeff Passan of reports. Williams had pitched through back soreness toward the end of last season, and he saw a back specialist Wednesday after the soreness returned during spring training. Williams will be shut down from throwing for six weeks before beginning a six-week rehab program, lining him up to return sometime during June. Losing Williams is a huge blow to the Brewers after the 29-year-old closer posted a 1.53 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in 2023 while racking up 87 strikeouts across 58.2 innings and tallying 36 saves en route to winning his second NL Reliever of the Year Award. It's unclear who will replace Williams as Milwaukee's primary closer to begin the season, but Joel Payamps and Abner Uribe are likely candidates.
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  • Brewers' Devin Williams: Set to see spine specialist

    Williams is dealing with a sore back and will get a second opinion from a spine specialist in the coming week, Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Sophia Minnaert of Bally Sports Wisconsin adds that Williams had an MRI on his back this past week. He'll continue to take time off as a precaution until he is assessed by a back specialist this week. Williams tallied 36 saves in 40 tries last season while posting a 1.53 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 87:28 K:BB over 58.2 innings.
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  • Brewers' Devin Williams: Club option for 2025

    Williams agreed to a one-year contract with the Brewers on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Adam McCalvy of reports. Based on the reported figures the two sides were exchanging, the deal is likely for around $7 million, and it comes with a club option for 2025. Williams is the top closer in fantasy for 2024, according to early ADP. He had a 1.53 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 87 strikeouts in 58.2 innings last season while notching 36 saves.
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  • Brewers' Devin Williams: Posts 36th save

    Williams recorded a save against the Cardinals on Wednesday, walking two batters and striking out one in a scoreless and hitless inning. Williams had some trouble with his control, throwing just nine of 19 pitches for strikes and walking a pair of batters while tasked with protecting a one-run lead. Both of the free passes came with two outs, but the right-handed reliever was able to steer around the danger by getting Jordan Walker to fly out to end the contest. This was Williams' first appearance in 10 days and his first save since Sept. 15. With six straight scoreless outings during which he's 4-for-4 in save opportunities, Williams looks primed for the postseason.
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  • Brewers' Devin Williams: Dominant in 35th save

    Williams struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning Friday to record his 35th save of the season in a 5-3 win over the Nationals. The right-hander's Airbender changeup was in peak form, as Carter Kieboom, Ildemaro Vargas and Luis Garcia all went down swinging against the pitch. Since the beginning of August, Williams has posted an elite 1.76 ERA, 0,65 WHIP and 23:4 K:BB through 15.1 innings while collecting three wins and nine saves in 17 appearances as he establishes himself as one of the premier closers in baseball.
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  • Brewers' Devin Williams: Records 33rd save

    Williams picked up the save Tuesday against the Marlins. He struck out one over a perfect inning. After giving up a run in back-to-back appearances to open September, Williams received over a week off and has bounced back with a pair of perfect innings. Despite the brief hiccup, Williams is tied for the fifth-most saves in MLB and owns a 1.68 ERA across 53.2 frames this year.
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  • Brewers' Devin Williams: Blows save, earns win Friday

    Williams (8-3) earned the win Friday after he pitched 1.1 innings, allowing one run while striking out a batter in a 7-5 victory over the Phillies. Williams was called upon to protect a 3-2 lead with two runners on base in the top of the eighth inning, but he surrendered a three-run homer to Trea Turner, suffering his fourth blown save of the season. The offense picked him up in the bottom of the frame though, scoring four runs and regaining a 7-5 lead. Williams then came out for the top of the ninth, setting down the Phillies in order. The right-hander's season-long numbers remain at a sparkling 1.60 ERA and 0.93 WHIP with 31 saves over 50.2 innings in 53 appearances.
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  • Brewers' Devin Williams: Earns 29th save

    Williams picked up the save Friday against Texas. He allowed one run on one hit and struck out none over two-thirds of an inning. The Brewers began the ninth inning with a five-run lead, but after Andrew Chafin ran into trouble, Williams was called upon to close out the game and record his 29th save of the year. The earned run he allowed was his first since July 5 and Friday marked just the second time in his last 22 appearances Williams failed to record a strikeout.
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  • Brewers' Devin Williams: Earns win in relief

    Williams (7-3) earned the win Friday against the White Sox, striking out three in a perfect ninth inning. He entered the bottom of the ninth in a tie game and struck out the side. The Brewers then tallied one in the top of the 10th to help secure the victory for Williams. The closer has seven wins and 27 saves on the season to go along with a 1.39 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 67 strikeouts in 45.1 innings.
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  • Brewers' Devin Williams: Secures 27th save

    Williams recorded a strikeout and didn't allow a baserunner during the ninth inning of Tuesday's 6-4 victory in Washington to earn his 27th save of the season. The All-Star closer threw nine of 14 pitches for a strike as he extended his scoreless streak to 10 appearances, and he has a 19:3 K:BB during that span. Williams has blown just two saves all season and has a 1.52 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 60:20 K:BB across 41.1 innings.
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  • Brewers' Devin Williams: Walks tightrope for 25th save

    Williams picked up a save against Atlanta on Saturday, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out three batters over one scoreless inning. Williams didn't have much margin for error when he entered in the ninth frame, as the Brewers held just a one-run lead. The right-hander allowed a one-out single that quickly came back to haunt him when pinch runner Forrest Wall proceeded to steal second and third base, and Williams issued consecutive two-out walks to load the bases. However, he was able to escape the jam by getting Ozzie Albies to strike out swinging on a changeup. Williams thus converted his seventh consecutive successful save opportunity, and he's not allowed a run while posting a 14:3 K:BB over 6.2 innings during that stretch.
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  • Brewers' Devin Williams: Nails down 24th save

    Williams gave up two hits and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday to close out a 5-3 win over the Phillies. The right-hander ran into a bit of trouble by giving up singles to Bryce Harper and Bryson Stott, but William Contreras threw out Stott attempting to steal second and Williams then fanned Alec Bohm to end the threat. The Milwaukee closer has been scored upon only once in his last 16 appearances, converting 14 of 15 save chances during that stretch with a 1.15 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 22:7 K:BB through 15.2 innings.
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  • Brewers' Devin Williams: Posts 23rd save

    Williams picked up the save in Sunday's 4-3 victory over the Reds. He struck out one over a clean inning. Sunday's appearance marked five straight outings without surrendering a hit, a stretch in which Williams has picked up five saves and struck out 11 batters. The right-hander is now in sole possession of sixth place in saves and boasts a 1.73 ERA and 0.96 WHIP through 36.1 innings.
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  • Brewers' Devin Williams: Earns 19th save

    Williams issued one walk over 0.2 scoreless innings Friday, striking out two and earning a save against Cincinnati. Williams entered the game with two runners on base but was able to work around trouble to finish the 7-3 win. He blew a save Wednesday against the Cubs after a nine-inning scoreless streak but was able to rebound in his first outing since the misstep. He brought his ERA back down to 1.95 with a 43:18 K:BB and 19 saves through 32.1 frames.
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  • Brewers' Devin Williams: Blows save against Cubs

    Williams (4-2) was charged with the loss and a blown save against the Cubs on Wednesday, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits and no walks while striking out one batter over one inning. Williams was called upon in the ninth frame to protect a two-run Milwaukee lead, but he was unable to come through for just the second time this season. The right-hander gave up a two-out, two run double that tied the game, then saw the eventual winning run cross the plate on an error by third baseman Brian Anderson. The outing snapped a nine-contest, nine-inning scoreless streak for Williams, during which he had racked up eight saves. Despite Wednesday's outcome, Williams ranks among the league's top closers with a 1.99 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 41:17 K:BB and 18 saves over 31.2 innings.
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  • Brewers' Devin Williams: Grabs 18th save

    Williams picked up the save in Monday's 8-6 victory over the Cubs. He worked around a hit and a walk, logging a strikeout in a scoreless inning. Williams has now converted eight straight save opportunities, including his last two in back-to-back games. The 28-year-old right-hander has thrown nine consecutive scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 1.47 with a 1.01 WHIP and 40:17 K:BB across 30.2 innings this season.
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