Historic season earns Brewers RP Devin Williams NL Rookie of the Year

Already named the National League reliever of the year for the 2020 season, Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Devin Williams added another honor to his resume. 

Williams was named the NL Rookie of the Year on Monday, receiving 14 of 30 first-place votes for 90 points in voting conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America at the end of the regular season.  

Third baseman Alec Bohm of the Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Jake Cronenworth of the San Diego Padres finished tied for second with 74 points. 

2020 NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year: Devin Williams, Brewers.

Full voting details: https://t.co/v9qdrJus3p

He becomes the seventh relief pitcher to win the award and the first to do so without recording a save in his winning season. Other relievers honored were Joe Black, Butch Metzger, Steve Howe, Todd Worrell, Scott Williamson and Craig Kimbrel. 

Williams, 26, also becomes the first reliever to win the award in either league since Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel in 2011.

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Milwaukee Brewers reliever Devin Williams gave up one earned run in 27 innings this season. He struck out 53. (Photo: David Richard, USA TODAY Sports)

The rookie phenom dominated opposing batters, allowing just one earned run over 27 innings — a home run by Pittsburgh’s Colin Moran in the fourth game of the shortened season on July 27. He finished the season with a 0.33 ERA and a 0.63 WHIP. He also struck out 53 batters in 27 innings for a historic strikeout ratio of 17.6 per nine innings. 

He became the third player in franchise history to win the award, following then-third baseman Ryan Braun in 2007 and shortstop Pat Listach in 1992.

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