World Series Champion, former Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher and National League Rookie of the Year (2003) winner Dontrelle Willis is an MLB studio analyst for FOX Sports. In this role, Willis serves as an analyst on FOX Sports’ nightly baseball program, MLB WHIPAROUND.
BASEBALL PLAYING CAREER
In 2000, Willis was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 8th round of the amateur draft before being traded to the Florida Marlins in 2002. After a brief stint in the Minor Leagues, Dontrelle Willis made his Major League debut in 2003 against the Colorado Rockies and was then a member of the Florida Marlins where he earned a 14-6 record with a 3.30 era in 27 starts as a pitcher for the club. In addition to NL Rookie of the Year honors in 2003, Willis was instrumental in the Marlins playoff run during that season which culminated with a World Series Championship.
Willis spent five successful seasons with the Marlins before being traded to the Detroit Tigers at the start of the 2008 season. Willis pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010 and finished his career as a member of the Cincinnati Reds in 2011.
For the Marlins franchise, Willis ranks second in wins (68), second in shutouts (8), first in complete games (15), third in total strikeouts (757), second in games started(162), and thirteenth in earned run average (3.78). In his nine-year career, Willis has a 72-69 record, with an earned run average of 4.17, and 896 strikeouts. Nicknamed D-train, Willis was known for his unorthodox leg kick, his crooked baseball cap, and enthusiasm for playing the game, something that his teammates took notice of.
Dontrelle Willis was born in Oakland, California. He attended Encinal High School, where he went 12-1 in his senior year with an earned run average of 0.82. He decided to bypass college and enter into Major League Baseball’s amateur draft.