Brewers’ Devin Williams wins 2020 NL Rookie of the Year

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Devin Williams has been named the National League Rookie of the Year. He is the first pitcher since 2014 to win the award.

Williams defeated Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm and San Diego Padres shortstop Jake Cronenworth. Both Bohm and Cronenworth actually tied for second place.

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Devin Williams throws a pitch in an MLB game
Devin Williams throws a pitch in an MLB game (Photo by Devin Williams/Instagram)

He is the first pitcher since New York Mets pitcher Jacob DeGrom to win the award in 2014. In fact, since 1949, just 23 pitchers have won the award.

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However, Williams was the first relief pitcher to win the award in either league since the 2011 season with Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimberly won the award. He became the first non-closer to win the award in either league since 1999 when Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Scott Williamson was the recipient.

From baseball writers, Williams has received 14 of the 30 first place votes. Bohm had nine first place votes, while Cronenworth had six.

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Both Bohm and Cronenworth had 74 points. Williams beat them out with 95 points.

In 27 innings this season, Williams allowed four runs (one earned run), including one home run. He had an 0.33 earned run average.

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He also had a 0.63 WHIP. Williams also had 53 strikeouts in the 27 innings.

Mets slugger Pete Alonso won the award in 2019.

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