DONTRELLE WILLIS NEWS

A couple of ex-Reds top list of 'five best-hitting pitchers'

In a bit of irony or coincidence, given Cincinnati's recent offensive woes, a pair of former Reds topped a dubious list highlighting the five best-hitting pitchers of the last 25 years.The list, based on adjusted OPS and at least 200 at-bats, was whipped up by the fine folks at ESPN.com and features Micah Owings at No. 1 with Dontrelle Willis right behind him at No. 2. A fine...
Via Redlegs Review
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dontrelle Willis, Pitching Coach?

Last Wednesday, Dontrelle Willis, former 2003 Rookie of the Year, was released by the San Francisco Giants from his minor league contract after just two appearances and what's being reported as a serious arm injury. Now in a report by Jon Heyman, Willis' agent Matt Sosnick says he's looking to become a pitching coach.By A Reluctant Optimist on Flickr via Wikimedia CommonsHeyman...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

D-Train Derailed: The Last Stop for Dontrelle Willis

Since finishing his last and statistically worst full big league season in 2007, the career of one, Dontrelle Willis has resembled an excruciatingly difficult video game with an extended amount of continues all with the same result — a failure to reestablish himself at the Major League level.Level One: The Sky is the LimitIndeed, Willis’ s rapid descent followed one of the more...
Via On-Base Talk
April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants release Dontrelle Willis from AAA Fresno

Dontrelle Willis signed a minor league contract with the Giants in January and was officially added to the roster at Triple-A Fresno on April 12. But the veteran left-hander didn’t even last a week there. According to Jeff Todd of MLB Trade Rumors, the official transactions page for the Pacific Coast League is showing that Willis was officially released sometime Wednesday.
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Dontrelle Willis Cut By San Francisco Giants

The end of a very short roller coaster career appears to have come to an end on Wednesday when the San Francisco Giants cut ties with minor league pitcher Dontrelle Willis. Willis, who has not appeared in a MLB game since 2011, will most likely have a very tough time getting another shot at the Majors due to his age and diminishing abilities. Most remember the lefty from the five...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Fresno Grizzlies add Dontrelle Willis to active roster

The Giants signed Dontrelle Willis to a minor league deal back in January and the Fresno Grizzlies, the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate, have added the lefty to their active roster, per the Grizzlies’ Twitter account. Willis, 32, hasn’t pitched in the Major Leagues since 2011, but it hasn’t been for a lack of trying. Going into the 2012 season, Willis signed a minor league deal...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants sign Dontrelle Willis to minor-league contract

Dontrelle Willis is getting a second shot at the majors. Or is this his third shot? I don’t know because, quite frankly, I had completely forgotten Dontrelle Willis was even alive. But Brian Sabean, after that blockbuster Mike Morse signing in December, is keeping the momentum of this dream offseason for the Giants rolling by signing the once-promising Willis to a minor league...
Via Minus Twenty-Two
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants May Be Close To Deal With Dontrelle Willis

It may be hard to believe, but it’s been more than ten years since Dontrelle Willis burst on to the major league scene and became a national sensation. With his high leg kick, unorthodox delivery, and his infectious smile and tireless enthusiasm, Willis became one of the most popular players in the major leagues when he came on the scene as a rookie in 2003. Now, ten seasons and...
Via BaySportsNet
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants sign Dontrelle Willis to minor-league contract

The Giants have signed left-hander Dontrelle Willis to a minor-league contract, reports John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. It's unclear if he received an invitation to spring training as well. Willis, 31, has not pitched in MLB since 2011 with the Reds. He went 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA and 1.54 K/BB in 75 2/3 innings across 13 starts that year. Willis has not been an effective...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants sign Dontrelle Willis to minor league deal

The San Francisco Giants have signed pitcher Dontrelle Willis to a minor league deal. Willis has not pitched at the big league level since 2011 when he appeared in 13 games for the Cincinnati Reds finishing with a 5.00 ERA. Last year he latched on with the Los Angles Angels pitching at the Triple-A level. I heard Dontrelle Willis will be signing a minor-league contract with the ...
Via Tireball.com
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants working on minor league contract with Dontrelle Willis

Mark Mulder might not be the only interesting comeback story of 2014: the San Francisco Giants are negotiating a minor-league contract with lefty Dontrelle Willis, according to the S.F. Chronicle's John Shea. It would be Willis' second stint with the Giants, after pitching in five games for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies in 2010.While the deal has not yet been finalized, Andrew...
Via Sports Injury Alert
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels sign well-traveled Dontrelle Willis

The Los Angeles Angels have signed veteran left-hander Dontrelle Willis out of the independent Atlantic League. The Angels assigned the two-time All-Star and former NL Rookie of the Year to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday. The 31-year-old Willis had a league-leading 2.56 ERA in 14 starts with the Long Island Ducks this season. Willis hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2011...
Via Fox Sports
August 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Angels sign well-traveled Dontrelle Willis

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels have signed veteran left-hander Dontrelle Willis out of the independent Atlantic League. The Angels assigned the two-time All-Star and former NL Rookie of the Year to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday. The 31-year-old Willis had a league-leading 2.56 ERA in 14 starts with the Long Island Ducks this season. Willis hasn't pitched in...
Via Fox Sports West
August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Angels sign Dontrelle Willis to a minor league deal

Dontrelle Willis is not ready to call it a career.  I feel like I've typed those words before, and I have.  The former sensation has struggled for years to catch on with a team, but he refuses to hang up the spikes.  Willis has agreed to a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels. D-Train coming to Anaheim? #Angels have agreed to terms on a Minor League deal with...
Via MLB Injury News
August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

D-Train payng his dues in the Indy game

It doesn't matter how long you've played, or where you've played, if there is an opportunity to play the game, you will. Dontrelle Willis is one of those players. In early April (originally reported by the Long Island Ducks), Willis signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Independent Atlantic League with the hope of regaining the form that once made him of the...
Via The GM's Perspective
May 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Dontrelle Willis signs with independent Long Island Ducks

The D-Train is either running out of steam, or is just about to leave the station. I’ll choose the later.  Dontrelle Willis is a former 20-game winner, was the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year, and was one of the most charismatic pitchers the game has ever seen. He had a smile that could light up a room and his excitement could be felt throughout the ballpark.  Within...
Via The GM's Perspective
April 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Guerrero, Willis sign with independent Ducks

Former AL MVP Vladimir Guerrero and Dontrelle Willis will be trying to revive their careers with the Long Island Ducks. The independent Atlantic League team announced the agreement with Willis on Friday, a day after adding Guerrero. A 31-year-old left-hander, Willis was 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA for the Cincinnati Reds in 2011 and 0-3 with a 8.53 ERA last year in three starts and one...
Via AP on Fox
April 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Dontrelle Willis Agrees to Sign With Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks, Joins Vladimir Guerrero

The ‘D’ in D-Train may stands for “Ducks” this season. Dontrelle Willis will join Vladimir Guerrero and pitch for the independent league Long Island Ducks in 2013, according Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. The 31-year-old lefty posted a 72-69 record in his nine-year MLB career with the Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds. However, after beginning...
Via NESN.com
April 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Don’t call it a comeback for Dontrelle Willis

It’s hard to believe that Dontrelle Willis was, for a moment in time, one of the more dominant pitchers in baseball. That was 2005, when he finished 22-10 with a 2.63 ERA and WHIP of 1.13.   It was his 3rd-year in the league, and it look as if the sky was the limit. But then it all started to unravel.  Willis followed his stellar season with sub-par performances in 2006 and 2007...
Via The Victory Formation
February 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs' Injury News: Dontrelle Willis pulled after seven pitches

It was not a good start for the D-Train.  Dontrelle Willis' comeback attempt was de-railed yesterday when he had to leave his spring debut.  The Chicago Cubs' pitcher threw seven pitches before having to leave the game withs holder fatigue. Carie Muskat of MLB.com says Willis felt his shoulder tighten up, and when the trainer came out to check on him, it was decided...
Via MLB Injury News
February 26, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB Injury News: SP Dontrelle Willis lasts seven pitches for Cubs

In his latest attempt at a comeback, Chicago Cubs pitcher Dontrelle Willis lasted just seven pitches in a cactus league game on Monday. The left hander made an unscheduled appearance in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and exited the game after just seven pitches, aided off the field with a trainer. Willis, the runner up for the 2005 NL Cy Young Award was seen pointing to his...
Via hardballchat.com
February 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Back Where It All Started: Dontrelle Willis Attempts A Comeback With The Chicago Cubs

Follow @DSchmelzerTSB on Twitter When closer Tom Gordon got injured right before the season started in 2002, the Chicago Cubs got desperate for a replacement. They made a trade with the Florida Marlins for their closer Antonio Alfonseca and Starting Pitcher Matt Clement. Going to the Marlins, as a throw in, in that deal, was Dontrelle Willis. Now, in Spring Training 2013, Willis...
Via Total Sports Blog
February 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs make a deal in the 4th dimension. Welcome back Dontrelle Willis.

In 2002 the Cubs traded Dontrelle Willis, Julian Tavarez and two minor leaguers for Antonio Alfonseca and Matt Clement.11 years later, they get Willis back. What does it mean in the cosmic scheme?The big picture?The Cubs got Alfonseca and Clement for Tavarez!And that is crafty, my friend.A deal made in the 4th dimension.Way back when, I took a class called "3-D Design"...
Via Cub Reporter
January 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Willis agrees to minor-league deal with Cubs

Pitcher Dontrelle Willis announced his retirement last July, but he's had a change of heart and is going to give it another try with the Chicago Cubs. Willis has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cubs, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. The deal only includes an invitation to a minor-league camp, but he could get a shot with the Cubs if he pitches well. The...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Source: Cubs looking at D-Train

A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Cubs are closing in on a minor league deal with left-hander Dontrelle Willis. The person, who spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been finalized, says the deal does not include an invitation to major league camp for spring training. Willis, who turns 31 on Jan. 12, did not appear in a major league...
Via AP on Fox
January 05, 2013  |  Discuss
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