We continue on today with our new series slated to run through the next several months of the offseason, taking a look back at each of the 50 players who suited up for the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2017 season. We’ll recap their 2017 campaign with an eye looking forward to 2018 as well, as we remember an unexpected and exciting 2017 season at Miller Park.
TAYLOR WILLIAMS – RHP
THE NUMBERS: Williams joined the Brewers as a September call-up and saw action in five games out of the bullpen. He posted an ERA of 1.93 and a WHIP of 1.29, striking out four batters and allowing just one run on four hits over 4.2 innings of relief.
SEASON REVIEW: After being sidelined for two full seasons following Tommy John surgery, the Brewers were careful with Williams, making sure they didn’t over-work him in 2017. He was assigned to Double-A Biloxi out of spring training and appeared in 22 games there, starting 14 of them. He finished the year with a record of 0-2 and an earned run average of .309, racking up 57 strikeouts in 46.2 innings of work.
With a fastball that sits in the high-90’s, Williams gains a couple ticks more working in shorter relief stints. He also throws a plus slider and is able to keep hitters guessing. He made it through the 2017 season healthy and was rewarded with a call-up to Milwaukee in September, where he looked impressive in limited bullpen action.
GAME OF THE YEAR: Williams didn’t allow a run in four of his five outings and his best appearance as a Brewer may have come in the final game of the season. In a 6-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on October 1st, Williams came on in relief and tossed a scoreless ninth inning, striking out Alberto Rosario and Harrison Bader to close out the game and preserve the victory.
OVERALL GRADE: Incomplete
OUTLOOK FOR 2018: Williams made it through his first season back on the mound and now will look to make a bigger jump in 2018, when he could be a key contributor out of the Milwaukee bullpen. Many in the organization were very high on Williams prior to his injury and he appears to be back to his old self. He might start the season back in the minors or in some lower-leverage situations with Milwaukee, but don’t be shocked to see him playing a big role in the Milwaukee bullpen by the end of 2018.