Dontrelle Willis's Career Has Been Nothing But a Roller Coaster Ride
Dontrelle Willis was a young phenom with the Florida Marlins in 2002. Now, he is turning into a journeyman in the MLB.
Willlis was like Stephen Strasburg when he made his debut. He had a marvelous rookie year and was the ace of the Marlins' pitching staff.
In 2005, Dontrelle had 22 wins, but didn't win the National League Cy Young. He should have won the Cy Young though.
Then, in 2007 Willis wanted to be traded from Florida. After that season he got he's wish and was traded to the Detroit Tigers.
Willis wasn't like he was in Florida with the Tigers. During his tenure with Detroit he was demoted to the minors at one point.
Some people in Detroit were wanting Dontrelle to be traded after his first year with the Tigers.
The Tigers kept Dontrelle, but it turned out to be the wrong choice.
He walked 9 batters against the Cleveland Indians in 2008. Throughout 2008 Willis was horrible for the Tigers.
Then in 2009, he took a blood test and he was tested positive for anxiety disorder. He was placed on the 15 disbaled list to get treatment for that.
Willis in 2009 started 9 games after he was on the disabled list and he was horrible.
Once again Willis was put on the disabled list with the same issue of anxiety. 2009 turned out to be one of his worst years of his career.
Dontrelle Willis made his first start for Detroit this year and he look improved. He went 6 innings, allowed 2 runs, and had a no decision. After that start though, Dontrelle went back to his old self.
On May 30th, Dontrelle Willis was sent down to the minors. Two days later Dontrelle had to pack his bags.
Turns out, Willis was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 1st.
In his Diamondbacks debut he pitched 6 scoreless innings. It looked like Dontrelle was rejuvanted and back to his great self when he was with Florida.
I think Dontrelle Willis will be let go by the Diamondbacks after this season. Look for him to be back to his inconsistent self and be a journeyman in the MLB for the rest of his career.
I hope Dontrelle improves, but he hasn't done it yet.
Dontrelle Willis had all of the hype to be one of the best pitchers of the decade, but he couldn't live up to the hype.