Brewers hit with devastating injury as reliever Devin Williams fractures pitching hand

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

-Clint Manry

Unfortunate news broke while I was working on an NLDS preview for the Braves potential playoff series with the Brewers. According to reports, righty Devin Williams will require surgery on his pitching hand after suffering a fracture.

As you can see from the tweet above, this appears to be a Huascar Ynoa-like situation, which you never like to see. There’s no doubt Williams regret what he did as soon as it happened. Anger can make us do very questionable things sometimes.

In case you aren’t aware of how big of an injury this is for Milwaukee, just take a look at Williams’ stat sheet. The 27-year-old has no doubt been one of the top arms out of the bullpen for the Brew Crew in 2021, ranking only behind closer Josh Hader in fWAR with 1.4. A former second round pick from the 2013 draft and a top-15 prospect in the organization (according to FanGraphs) back in 2020, Williams has been a strikeout artist this year, averaging 14.5 punch outs per nine and inducing a 47.2% whiff-rate with his trademark changeup. This is definitely a big blow to the Brewers, who as of this past Sunday, clinched an NL Central title.

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