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Giants release Dontrelle Willis from AAA Fresno

Apr 16, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

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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. Willis had made just two relief appearances for Fresno and apparently suffered a serious arm injury earlier this week.

The 32-year-old has not pitched in a major league game since 2011, when he had a 5.00 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 75 2/3 innings with the Reds. He won Rookie of the Year honors in 2003 with the Marlins.

  1. lazlosother - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Too bad. I liked the Dontrelle.

  2. pisano - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Damn shame, this guy looked like a world beater a few years ago. Good luck to him in his future plans.

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      We keep saying that, and he keeps popping back up in the minors haha. It would be a great story to see him make a real come back, this guy was a ton of fun to watch in his prime.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    I’m surprised he was actually qualified to pitch AAA ball at this point.

    Oh….I guess he wasn’t huh?

    Such an odd flameout to a promising career.

    • jrbdmb - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:32 AM

      As stated above, he was injured pitching and then released. MiLB says he pitched 2/3 of an inning so far, 0.00 ERA.

      I guess there’s no such thing as a guaranteed contract for a minor leaguer.

  4. earpaniac - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    That was quick.

  5. idolized1 - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    What exactly happened to Dontrelle?

    For a while there he was one of the hottest things in baseball, and then just like that he’s struggling to make a roster.

    Was it some kind of an injury or was he a one year wonder so to speak?

    It’s a damn shame regardless.

  6. marc0626 - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:55 AM

    @idoliz – anxiety disorder

  7. bbk1000 - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    I like the guy, but most people commenting have no clue as to his career.

    He was given the ROY award because people liked him. He wasn’t even the best rookie pitcher that year much less player.

    He had one great year, a couple of good years, and many bad years.

    Nice guy, easy to root for, but not much of a player.

  8. timmmah10 - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Dontrelle looks a lot like Chaulky White in that picture…

  9. yahmule - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    He was a pretty fair hitter.

    389 AB, .244/.287/.378, 13 2B, 6 3B, 9 HR, 39 RBI, 43 R, 22 BB, 69 K.

    Not quite Micah Owings, but not bad.

    • genericcommenter - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      Maybe he should try to be the next Reverse Reverse Ankiel!

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