Dontrelle Willis Stats

Dontrelle Willis was born on Tuesday, January 12, 1982, in Oakland, California. Willis was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 9, 2003, with the Florida Marlins. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Dontrelle Willis baseball stats page.

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"Utilizing a wicked slider and explosive fastball, he (Dontrelle Willis) then worked a perfect seventh and recorded the first two outs in the eighth ( 2003 World Series ) before allowing Bernie Williams ' single to left and Hideki Matsui's single up the middle." - The New York Post (Staff Writer, 'Willis Was Wonderful', October 19, 2003)

Dontrelle Willis

Dontrelle

Dontrelle "The D-Train" Willis Autograph on a 2004 Topps (#ODA-DW)

Birth Name:
Dontrelle Wayne Willis ( Twitter : @DTrainMLB )
Nickname:
D-Train
Born On:
01-12-1982  (Capricorn)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Oakland, California
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Encinal High School (Alameda, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-04
Player Weight Chart Weight:
225
First Game:
05-09-2003 (Age 21)
Last Game:
09-25-2011
Draft:
2000 : 8th Round (223rd)

Dontrelle Willis

Dontrelle Willis Pitching Stats

2003 21 Marlins 27 27 0 14 6 .700 3.30 2 2 0 160.2 668 148 59 61 13 58 0 142 7 3 1 0
2004 22 Marlins 32 32 0 10 11 .476 4.02 2 0 0 197.0 848 210 88 99 20 61 8 139 2 8 0 0
2005 23 Marlins 34 34 0 22 10 .688 2.63 7 5 0 236.1 960 213 69 79 11 55 3 170 2 8 1 0
2006 24 Marlins 34 34 0 12 12 .500 3.87 4 1 0 223.1 975 234 96 106 21 83 6 160 6 19 1 0
2007 25 Marlins 35 35 0 10 15 .400 5.17 0 0 0 205.1 925 241 118 131 29 87 4 146 8 13 1 0
2008 26 Tigers 8 7 0 0 2 .000 9.38 0 0 0 24.0 122 18 25 25 4 35 1 18 5 1 1 0
2009 27 Tigers 7 7 0 1 4 .200 7.49 0 0 0 33.2 160 37 28 28 4 28 0 17 1 1 0 0
2010 28 Tigers 9 8 0 1 2 .333 4.98 0 0 0 43.1 202 48 24 24 3 29 0 33 4 2 0 0
2010 28 Diamondbacks 6 5 0 1 1 .500 6.75 0 0 0 22.2 114 24 17 17 3 27 0 14 4 3 2 0
2011 29 Reds 13 13 0 1 6 .143 5.00 0 0 0 75.2 334 78 42 42 6 37 2 57 8 2 0 0
9 Years 205 202 0 72 69 .511 4.17 15 8 0 1,222.0 5,308 1,251 566 612 114 500 24 896 47 60 7 0

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Dontrelle Willis Hitting Stats

2003 21 Marlins 27 58 2 14 2 0 1 0 4 3 0 8 2 0 0 0 .241 .279 .328
2004 22 Marlins 40 74 5 15 2 1 1 0 3 4 0 17 6 0 0 2 .203 .244 .297
2005 23 Marlins 39 92 14 24 4 0 1 0 11 3 0 13 4 1 1 2 .261 .289 .337
2006 24 Marlins 32 64 8 11 0 1 3 1 10 6 0 13 6 0 0 0 .172 .243 .344
2007 25 Marlins 36 63 11 18 2 3 2 0 7 5 0 13 11 0 1 1 .286 .348 .508
2008 26 Tigers 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2009 27 Tigers 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2010 28 Tigers 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2010 28 Diamondbacks 6 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 .250 .400 .250
2011 29 Reds 16 31 2 12 3 1 1 0 4 0 0 4 3 0 0 0 .387 .387 .645
9 Years 221 389 43 95 13 6 9 1 39 22 0 69 33 1 2 5 .244 .287 .378

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Dontrelle Willis Fielding Stats

2003 Marlins P 27 27 482 23 0.9 19 2 17 4 2 n/a n/a n/a .826 1.06
2004 Marlins P 32 32 591 51 1.6 49 15 34 2 3 n/a n/a n/a .961 2.24
2005 Marlins P 34 34 708 49 1.4 46 9 37 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .939 1.75
2006 Marlins P 34 34 669 59 1.7 54 11 43 5 4 n/a n/a n/a .915 2.18
2007 Marlins P 35 35 615 48 1.4 43 7 36 5 3 n/a n/a n/a .896 1.89
2008 Tigers P 8 7 72 2 0.3 2 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.75
2009 Tigers P 7 7 102 11 1.6 11 2 9 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.91
2010 Tigers P 9 8 129 4 0.4 4 1 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.84
2010 Diamondbacks P 6 5 69 6 1.0 6 2 4 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.35
2011 Reds P 13 13 225 18 1.4 18 3 15 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.16
P Totals 205 202 3,662 271 1.3 252 52 200 19 18 n/a n/a n/a .930 1.86
9 Years 205 202 3,662 271 1.3 252 52 200 19 18 n/a n/a n/a .930 1.86

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Dontrelle Willis Miscellaneous Stats

2003 Marlins 0 0 .000 0 0 0 58.0 7.3 14.5 2.45 7.95 3.25
2004 Marlins 0 0 .000 20 0 0 74.0 4.4 24.7 2.28 6.35 2.79
2005 Marlins 0 0 .000 6 0 0 92.0 7.1 8.4 3.09 6.47 2.09
2006 Marlins 0 0 .000 1 0 0 21.3 4.9 6.4 1.93 6.45 3.34
2007 Marlins 0 1 .000 3 0 0 31.5 4.8 9.0 1.68 6.40 3.81
2008 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.51 6.75 13.13
2009 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.61 4.55 7.49
2010 Tigers 0 0 .000 1 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.14 6.85 6.02
2010 Diamondbacks 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 4.0 0.0 0.52 5.56 10.72
2011 Reds 0 0 .000 0 0 0 31.0 7.8 7.8 1.54 6.78 4.40
9 Years 0 1 .000 31 0 0 43.2 5.6 10.0 1.79 6.60 3.68

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Dontrelle Willis Miscellaneous Items of Interest

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Did you know that on September 2, 2005 , "The D-Train" beat the New York Mets to earn his nineteenth win of the season and with that victory, Willis passed Carl Pavano's franchise record for wins in a season, established the previous year, when Pavano won eighteen games?

Did you know that Dontrelle Willis remains, through today, the franchise ( Marlins ) record holder for wins in a season (22), games started (35), hit batsmen (19), and shutouts (5 / tied with A.J. Burnett who had 5 in 2002).

Did you know that Dontrelle Willie won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2003 (the first Marlins ' recipient), receiving 118 points, well ahead of Scott Podsednik (81 points), Brandon Webb (73 points), Marlon Byrd (6 points), Miguel Cabrera (3 points), Brad Lidge (3 points), Jeriome Robertson (2 points), Jose Reyes (1 point) and Ty Wigginton (1 point)?

Did you know that the D-Train had one of the most unique pitching motions in baseball history, a delivery so unorthodox that Sports Illustrated ( link ) once wrote:

If ever the term windup was appropriate, it is in regard to Willis's delivery. Here's how it looks: The long-limbed, 6'4", 200-pound Willis starts with his shoulders slouched. After receiving the sign and nodding at the catcher, he rocks back to his right and hoists his right leg in what looks like a particularly ambitious Twister move. Torquing to the rear, he spins his body around so far that, for a brief moment, his back is facing the hitter, while his leg remains Rockette high and his eyes briefly fix on a faraway spot in the sky. Then he uncoils and swings his arm low to a three-quarters, abdomen-high release.

By keeping his body turned away from the hitter for as long as he does, Willis conceals the ball far longer than most pitchers, making it extremely hard for batters to pick up. The entire motion, when combined with Willis's excitable demeanor-full of high fives and glove slaps and huge grins, has generated comparisons to everyone from Juan Marichal and Vida Blue (the leg kick) to Mark Fidrych (the quirkiness) to Luis Tiant (the back-to-the-batter position) to Fernando Valenzuela (the skyward glance)...

Dontrelle Willis Pitching Motion
Dontrelle Willis | Photo by Eliot J. Schechter (Getty Images) | SI Photos ( link )
On September 7, 2005 , Dontrelle Willis became the first Marlin Black Aces " club. He was also the first African American pitcher to win twenty games since Dave Stewart won twenty-two in 1990 .

Dontrelle was the third pitcher in modern baseball history to win twenty games and collect twenty hits in the same season. On September 22, 2005 , Willis batted seventh in the lineup (Montreal Expos Steve Renko was the last pitcher in that spot versus the San Diego Padres on August 26, 1973 ), and he once hit two home runs in a game on September 20, 2006 .

Last-Modified: March 10, 2020 2:12 PM EST

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