Someone named Devin Williams beat out Phillies third basemen Alec Bohm for NL Rookie of the Year. Google.Com tells me Devin Williams was a dominant relief pitcher for the Brewers (que the “do you even know baseball?!” Crowd.) I will admit, in a 60 game shortened season I missed *counts games* 1…..2….probably all 22 of Williams appearances. The Milwaukee Brewers just weren’t high on my priority list and for that, I apologize to you die hard BrewCrew readers out there. But giving up 1 earned run in 27 innings with a 53/9 K/BB ratio is insanely impressive. Its still a relief pitcher and Williams became the first reliever to win the prestigious award without recording a save.
Bohm on the other hand hit .338 with an OBP of .400 and a slugging percentage of .480. He never faced Williams but if he did he would’ve taken him yard.
The former 3rd overall pick out of Witchita State was called up late because of service time but he looked as advertised. He was the first Phillie with a legitimate shot at the award since JA Happ lost out to Chris Coughlan in 2009.
Sources tell me those close to Bohm are trying to get the third basemen to hold a press conference at Four Seasons Landscaping to claim the votes WERENT legitimate. In the ultimate Sabermetrics move ‘When you look at the legit votes, Bohm won.”…. (Mightve taken some liberties with that last part but it works for the story.)
According to baseball writers on the Twitterverse, no one shares in my sentiment that a reliever winning the award is a joke but then again I’m a bitter Phillies fan who is going on a decade of no playoff baseball and to be frank, I NEEDED this…
So congrats to Devin Williams….I guess.