Williams logged his fourth hold of the season Tuesday after throwing a scoreless eighth inning while allowing no hits, one walk and striking out two against the Marlins.
Williams has now successfully converted four straight holds over the last week after experiencing some early struggles to begin the year. The 2020 NL Rookie of the Year has a 1.80 ERA and an 8:2 K:BB over his last five innings. He's clearly starting to rediscover his form, and his ability to preserve a lead is a major reason why the Brewers are 7-3 over their last 10 games.
Williams threw a perfect eighth inning and struck out a batter in Sunday's 6-0 victory over the Cubs.
Williams got off to a slow start, being tagged for four earned runs and two homers over his first four appearances and allowing at least one runner to reach in his first seven outings. However, his results have been markedly better of late, as although he gave up another home run Saturday, that was the only run and just one of two hits he allowed over his last four trips to the mound. Manager Craig Counsell briefly removed Williams from the setup role a week or so ago, but with him turning things around and tossing a clean frame in what was a 1-0 game when he entered, there's no doubt he is again the go-to man in front of Josh Hader.
Williams struck out two and walked one in one inning of relief, earning a hold in Wednesday's 4-2 win over San Diego.
The reigning NL Rookie of the Year is beginning to resemble his 2020 self after allowing runs in three of his first four appearances this season. Featuring a mid-90s fastball as merely a complement to his signature, late-sinking changeup, Williams displayed his propensity to baffle the best of hitters Wednesday by embarrassing Fernando Tatis with three straight changeups. Despite his slow start, the righty figures to be an elite fantasy asset in leagues that count holds.
Williams allowed two earned runs over an inning of relief in Friday's 6-1 loss to the Pirates.
Williams allowed just one earned run all season en route to being named NL Rookie of the Year in 2020, but he has now given up at least one earned run in three of his four appearances in 2021. A late start to the spring could be the primary cause of his issues. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, in an effort to build Williams up, manager Craig Counsell is going to use him on a more regular basis for the time being, as opposed to only in setup situations in front of closer Josh Hader.
Williams allowed one run on a hit and a walk and struck out two in one inning in Wednesday's 4-2 extra-inning win over the Cubs. He was charged with a blown save.
Williams entered the game with the Brewers ahead 1-0, but he allowed a solo home run to Cubs outfielder Joc Pederson in the bottom of the eighth. The 26-year-old Williams has allowed two runs, two hits and two walks with three strikeouts across 1.2 innings to begin 2021. Despite already allowing more earned runs than he did in all of 2020, the right-hander is expected to remain in a setup role behind closer Josh Hader.
Williams threw a scoreless inning and struck out two batters in his second appearance of the spring Tuesday.
Williams allowed an earned run and got just two outs in his March 20 spring debut, but he kept the opponent off the scoreboard Tuesday and used his devastating changeup to induce two punchouts. While he got a late start to the spring, Williams will be ready to go when Opening Day rolls around, and he will open in the setup role in front of closer Josh Hader.
Williams will make his Cactus League debut Saturday against the Reds.
Williams threw a live batting practice session Tuesday, and he'll be available to make his Cactus League debut in relief Saturday. The right-hander has been brought along slowly this spring after he missed wild-card round in 2020 due to shoulder soreness, but the team hasn't expressed any concerns regarding his Opening Day status. Josh Hader is still expected to serve as Milwaukee's closer in 2021, but Williams is one of the top non-closer relievers in fantasy baseball after he posted a 0.33 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and 53:9 K:BB over 27 innings during 22 relief appearances last year.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that Williams will throw a live batting practice session Tuesday before likely making his Cactus League debut late next week, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Though Williams received a clean bill of health early in the offseason after a sore right shoulder prevented him from pitching in the Brewers' wild-card round series loss to the Dodgers, the coaching staff has been deliberately easing the reigning National League Rookie of the Year along during spring training. At this stage, the Brewers haven't voiced any concerns about Williams, who Counsell said looked good during his most recent live BP session Saturday. Josh Hader remains in line to save games for Milwaukee in 2021, but Williams profiles as the top non-closer reliever in fantasy baseball after delivering unparalleled ratios (0.33 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and 44.0 K-BB% over 27 innings) during his first full season in the majors.
Williams is scheduled to throw his fourth bullpen session of the spring Thursday, Sophia Minnaert of Fox Sports Wisconsin reports.
Williams dealt with right shoulder soreness late in the 2020 campaign but received full medical clearance in October. However, the Brewers continue to bring him along slowly during spring training to protect his health for the regular season. Manager Craig Counsell said Wednesday that Williams won't pitch in a Cactus League game until after March 17, but the 2020 NL Rookie of the Year remains on track to be ready for Opening Day.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Williams (shoulder) is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session of spring training Tuesday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Though Williams received full medical clearance in October after a sore right shoulder prevented him from competing in the Brewers' wild-card series loss to the Dodgers, the team has been deliberately easing him into workouts in the early stages of spring training. Counsell stressed that Williams isn't dealing with any setbacks, so assuming the right-hander checks out fine in Tuesday's throwing session, he should still be able to make his 2021 debut early in the Brewers' Cactus League schedule. Williams took home NL Rookie of the Year honors after dazzling in a setup role in 2020, finishing with a microscopic 0.33 ERA to go with a 0.63 WHIP and 53:9 K:BB in 27 innings.
Williams was announced as the National League Rookie of the Year on Monday.
Williams faced just 100 batters to win the award, but he struck out a remarkable 53 of them. He gave up just one earned run all season in 27 innings of work, holding opposing hitters to a .089 batting average. The righty earned 14 out of 30 first-place votes and 27 top-three votes overall. Alec Bohm and Jake Cronenworth tied for second behind him.
Williams was named the 2020 National League Reliever of the Year on Saturday, Marc Carig of The Athletic reports.
Williams allowed only one earned run across 27 innings of work in the shortened campaign. He thoroughly dominated opposing hitters, punching out 53 batters while walking only nine. Although Williams was unable to pitch in the postseason due a shoulder injury, he is expected to be ready for the 2021 campaign without undergoing surgery.
Brewers general manager David Stearns said Monday that Williams won't require any procedures for his right shoulder and should be in store for a relatively normal offseason, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Williams was surprisingly left off the Brewers' 28-man roster for the team's wild-card series with the Dodgers last week after he was revealed to be dealing with right shoulder soreness. Fortunately for the standout setup man, Stearns clarified that Williams' injury was only a minor concern, going as far to say that the 26-year-old likely would have been included on the Brewers' NLDS roster had Milwaukee advanced past the Dodgers. Instead, Williams will likely just get some extra rest and rehab over the next few weeks before starting his offseason training program in earnest, looking to build on a 2020 campaign in which he emerged as arguably the best reliever in the majors. Thanks to the development of a unique changeup featuring a slider-like spin, Williams finished his rookie season with a 0.33 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and 53:9 K:BB in 27 innings.
Williams was left off the Brewers' wild-card roster Wednesday due to right shoulder soreness, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
The news of Williams' injury comes out of nowhere, as the 26-year-old wasn't known to be dealing with any issues coming out of his final appearance of the regular season Friday. His absence for the three-game series is a major blow for the Brewers, as Williams was arguably the best reliever in baseball this season. In 27 innings out of the bullpen, he struck out 53 batters (good for a 53.0 percent strikeout rate, as he faced exactly 100 batters) while allowing just a single earned run.
Williams (4-1) picked up the win in the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, giving up two hits over two scoreless innings of relief. He struck out one without walking a batter.
His emergence as a right-handed version of Josh Hader gives the Brewers' bullpen a bright future, even if they'll ultimately fall short of the playoffs. Williams has posted a 0.33 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and 53:9 K:BB with nine holds in 22 appearances (27 innings).
Williams struck out five of the seven batters he faced over two scoreless frames en route to picking up his ninth hold of the season Tuesday in the Brewers' 3-2 win over the Reds.
Aside from walking Jesse Winker to begin the bottom of the seventh, Williams was otherwise electric as usual, inducing eight swings and misses among his 31 pitches. Williams hasn't allowed a run since his second appearance of the season back on July 27, compiling a 48:7 K:BB to go with an 0.49 WHIP in 22.2 innings over his last 19 outings.
Williams tossed a scoreless inning of relief and struck out two batters in the Brewers' victory over the Cardinals in Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader.
Williams allowed four runners to cross the plate -- just one of those runs were earned -- over his first four outings of the season, but he has been otherwordly since, giving up zero runs of any sort over his last 15 trips to the mound while striking out 35 batters in 16.2 innings (18.9 K/9) and allowing just eight runners to even reach base (0.48 WHIP). Williams' fantasy value at present is somewhat limited by his lack of saves, but should the Brewers move Josh Hader at any point and install Williams as the closer, few relievers would be as or more desirable in fantasy leagues.
Williams struck out four batters over two scoreless innings in Saturday's loss to Cleveland.
Only a catcher's interference prevented Williams from being perfect Saturday, as he was otherwise dominant, which is becoming the norm for him. Williams' changeup has taken him to new heights, and over his last eight appearances -- all hitless -- he has struck out a whopping 20 batters and has walked just two in 9.1 innings.
Williams (3-1) allowed just one walk over 1.2 innings and struck out four to earn the win versus the Pirates on Monday.
Williams got the last two outs of the seventh inning and added a clean eighth to keep the game tied at five. The Brewers took the lead in the bottom of the eighth to make him the pitcher of record, and Josh Hader was able to lock down the save. Williams has been wonderful this season, with a 0.64 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 29 strikeouts across 14 innings. He's also added five holds, and with David Phelps no longer on the roster, he's now the clear-cut setup man in Milwaukee.
Through six appearances in August, Williams has struck out 15 while giving up an unearned run on two hits and three walks over 6.1 innings.
Josh Hader has been dominant as usual at the back end of the Milwaukee bullpen and is locked in as the team's closer, but Williams has risen from relative obscurity to potentially emerge as the next man up for save chances. The key to Williams' success has been his mid-80s changeup, which ranks tops among all pitchers in horizontal movement and fourth in vertical movement, as measured by Statcast.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/09||@ MIA||W 2-1||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|05/08||@ MIA||W 6-2||1.0||0||0||0||3|
|05/01||vs LAD||W 6-5||1.0||0||0||1||2|
|04/29||vs LAD||W 2-1||1.0||2||0||1||0|
|04/27||vs MIA||W 5-4||1.0||0||0||1||2|
|04/25||@ CHC||W 6-0||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|04/24||@ CHC||W 4-3||1.0||1||1||0||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2015||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||89.0||22||13||0||3||9||0||89||36||75||3.44||1.247|
|2016||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||72.1||17||10||0||6||3||2||74||34||64||3.62||1.359|
|2016||AFA-Brevard County Manat||25.0||5||2||0||1||2||0||20||12||27||4.32||1.560|
|2019||AAA-San Antonio Missions||3.2||3||0||0||0||0||0||6||1||2||0.00||0.938|