Punching a wall shattered the right hand of the 2020 National League Rookie of the Year. After the Brewers clinched the NL Central, he told reporters he had drunk alcohol.
Should Milwaukee make it to the Fall Classic, President of Baseball Operations David Stearns believes Williams will be healthy in time.
Devin Williams has almost certainly earned a place among MLB players who have been injured in unusual circumstances. He isn’t the only player to break his hand while striking anything this season.
Because of the stakes, his blunder is likely to stick with fans for a long time—a fact Trevor Bauer is all too familiar with. Bauer needed stitches after a cut on his finger while repairing one of his drones during the 2016 playoffs.
Williams has been crucial for the Brewers’ bullpen. According to FanGraphs, he has an 8-2 record in 58 appearances with three saves, 23 holds, a 2.50 ERA, 2.81 FIP, and 14.5 strikeouts per nine innings.
If Milwaukee fails to win the championship, the team’s performance without Williams will definitely be questioned.
Manager Craig Counsell has plenty of bullpen alternatives, especially considering Eric Lauer (1.73 ERA in 13 starts since June 27) may be moved out of the starting rotation for the postseason.
Josh Hader, the closer, has a 1.27 ERA and 34 saves, but Brent Suter and Brad Boxberger have combined to give up 48 earned runs in 134.1 innings (3.22 ERA).
In October, however, a team can never have enough late-inning arms. If Counsell has to rely on an exhausted Hader, Suter, or Boxberger in a crucial situation, Williams’ absence will be noticeable.
How Much Does Devin Williams Make?
Devin Williams makes an annual average salary of $714,500.