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Milwaukee Brewers prospect Devin Williams needs Tommy John surgery

Disappointing news for one of Milwaukee’s more promising young arms.

Brewers Draft 2013

The Milwaukee Brewers have been relatively fortunate on the injury front thus far this spring. Outside of a trapezius issue for Andrew Susac, no projected regular starters or pitchers have dealt with a significant malady during camp this year. Unfortunately, the club received some grim news regarding one of their more notable pitching prospects:

Williams was pulled from an intrasquad start earlier this spring after just 8 pitches when he began to experience discomfort in his right elbow. After undergoing an MRI with team doctor William Raasch and receiving a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, it has apparently been determined that the discomfort was caused by damage to Williams' UCL and that he'll require Tommy John surgery. A date for the procedure has yet to be announced, but recovery time can typically take anywhere from 12-24 months.

Williams, who turned 22 last September, was a 2nd round pick by the Brewers back in 2013. He's dealt with a series of injuries since joining the organization but his talent and upside have him ranked as the team's #18 prospect by MLB Pipeline. He split last year between low-A Wisconsin and high-A Brevard County, posting a cumulative 3.79 ERA and 94:46 K/BB ratio in 97.1 innings pitched.