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:
Devin Williams is one of my favorite sleeper prospects in deep @Brewers system. Love the upside but he'll miss 2017 b/c he needs TJ surgery.— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) March 23, 2017
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.
Devin Williams saw Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion yesterday, then had his surgery done by Andrews today. Will rehab in Phoenix.— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) March 23, 2017