Devin Williams of the Milwaukee Brewers is a Rookie of the Year Candidate in the National League. After a regular season where he recorded a 0.33 ERA in 27 IP, he’s not only one of the top rookies in the league, but one of the top pitchers overall. While that award will not be announced until after the postseason, Williams did get an award in the meantime, earning the Reliever of the Month award for the National League.
Williams has been on fire this season. Not only did he not allow a run over 13 innings in September, he allowed a total of seven baserunners: 4 hits, 3 walks. That’s over 45 batters faced in the month. He has become one of the most trusted relievers in the bullpen, and should be a major part of it in the years to follow.
Overall this season, Williams has allowed a grand total of 1 earned run (though he has allowed 3 unearned runs), and that was on a home run to Colin Moran of the Pirates in his second appearance of the season. He has struck out 53 batters compared to 9 walks on the season, and allowed a total of 8 hits to 100 batters faced. His FIP on the season sits at 0.86, with a 17.7 K/9.
With only 2+ months in the season, earning an award for one of those months is a pretty big honor. Not only does is show that the rest of the league is paying attention to Williams, but it really boosts his chances of taking home that Rookie of the Year award (though, to be fair, voting for the awards usually occurs at the end of the regular season, so before this was announced). Whether he takes home that award or not, this monthly award ensures that he receives some praise for his amazing 2020 season.
Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.