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Devin Williams to represent Milwaukee Brewers in Futures Game

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The righty will be Milwaukee’s lone representative.

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Major League Baseball announced the rosters for this year’s All-Star Futures Game, which is a contest held annually during the All-Star break that pits top internationally-born prospects versus the best minor leaguers who were born in the USA. The Milwaukee Brewers will be represented by one lone player — who will suit up for Team USA — and he isn’t even someone currently ranked among their top-30 prospects by MLB Pipeline.

Devin Williams, 24, was Milwaukee’s top pick back in the 2013 MLB Draft. That was the year that the Brewers forfeited their first-round pick by signing Kyle Lohse as a free agent, and they took Williams in the second round at #54 overall. The right-hander was considered to be one of the team’s more well-regarded young arms during the early part of his career but his ascent to the big leagues came to a halt in 2017, when he suffered a torn UCL in his throwing elbow and missed the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Williams returned to action around mid-season in 2018 and started 14 games for the Carolina Mudcats, pitching in short bursts while tallying 34.0 innings. He was transitioned to the bullpen full-time prior to this season, though, and has taken quite well to his new role. There has been some wildness, but overall Williams owns a 2.70 ERA in 46.2 innings covering 25 appearances. He’s punched out 62 batters against 29 walks and has yielded only 3 home runs, with opponents batting a mere .195 against him. He’s produced a sturdy 3.37 FIP, however Deserved Run Average is less impressed with his work, tagging him with an essentially average 99 DRA-.

Williams will be eligible for minor league free agency at the end of this season, but if he can continue to produce at the rate he’s been going, there is a chance he could convince Slingin’ David Stearns and the rest of Milwaukee’s brain trust that he’s worthy of a 40-man roster spot and a chance to pitch for the Cream City Nine later this year or next season.

Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs and Baseball Prospectus