Dontrelle Willis

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Dontrelle Willis MLB Career Stats

205 72-69 4.17 1221.2 896 1.43

Dontrelle Willis Bio

  • Full Name: Dontrelle Wayne Willis
  • Nickname: D-Train
  • Born: 1/12/1982 in Oakland, CA
  • Draft: 2000, Chicago Cubs, 8th rd. (223rd overall)
  • High School: Encinal, Alameda, CA
  • Debut: 5/9/2003
  • Last Game: 9/27/2011
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MLB Career Stats 72 69 4.17 205 202 0 1221.2 896 1.43


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Dontrelle Willis Stats

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Dontrelle Willis Advanced Stats

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Dontrelle Willis Statcast Events


Dontrelle Willis Awards

NL Rookie of the Year

Year Team League
2003 Florida NL

World Series Championship

Year Team League
2003 Florida NL

NL All-Star

Year Team League
2003 Florida NL
2005 Florida NL

Warren Spahn Award

Year Team League
2005 Florida NL

NL Player of the Week

Week Team League
06/22/2003 Florida NL

MLBPAA Marlins Heart and Hustle Award

Year Team League
2006 Florida NL

Marlins Charlie Hough Good Guy Award

Year Team League
2006 Florida NL

Dontrelle Willis Leaderboards

Earned Run Average

Season ERA Rank
2004 4.02 25th in NL
2005 2.63 3rd in NL
2006 3.87 14th in NL


Season W Rank
2003 14 12th in NL
2005 22 1st in NL
2006 12 20th in NL

Winning Percentage

Season WPCT Rank
2005 .688 3rd in NL


Season SO Rank
2003 142 25th in NL
2004 139 23rd in NL
2005 170 18th in NL
2006 160 19th in NL
2007 146 20th in NL


Season WHIP Rank
2005 1.13 6th in NL

Batting Average Against

Season AVG Rank
2005 .243 13th in NL

Games Started

Season GS Rank
2004 32 21st in NL
2005 34 8th in NL
2006 34 6th in NL
2007 35 1st in NL

Complete Games

Season CG Rank
2003 2 12th in NL
2004 2 7th in NL
2005 7 1st in NL
2006 4 4th in NL


Season SHO Rank
2003 2 4th in NL
2005 5 1st in NL
2006 1 7th in NL

Innings Pitched

Season IP Rank
2005 236.1 4th in NL
2006 223.1 5th in NL
2007 205.1 14th in NL

Strikeouts per Nine Innings

Season K/9 Rank
2004 6.35 19th in NL
2005 6.47 24th in NL
2006 6.45 22nd in NL
2007 6.40 23rd in NL

Strikeout/Walk Ratio

Season K/BB Rank
2004 2.28 20th in NL
2005 3.09 15th in NL
2006 1.93 24th in NL

Bases on Balls

Season BB Rank
2006 83 6th in NL
2007 87 3rd in NL


Season H Rank
2004 210 12th in NL
2005 213 15th in NL
2006 234 7th in NL
2007 241 3rd in NL

Home Runs

Season HR Rank
2006 21 25th in NL
2007 29 6th in NL

Dontrelle Willis Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
March 13, 2015 LHP Dontrelle Willis retired.
January 26, 2015 LHP Dontrelle Willis assigned to Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
January 21, 2015 Milwaukee Brewers signed free agent LHP Dontrelle Willis to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
April 16, 2014 Fresno Grizzlies released LHP Dontrelle Willis.
April 12, 2014 Fresno Grizzlies activated LHP Dontrelle Willis from the 7-day disabled list.
April 12, 2014 Fresno Grizzlies placed LHP Dontrelle Willis on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to April 3, 2014.
January 22, 2014 LHP Dontrelle Willis assigned to Fresno Grizzlies.
January 9, 2014 San Francisco Giants signed free agent LHP Dontrelle Willis to a minor league contract.
November 4, 2013 LHP Dontrelle Willis elected free agency.
August 8, 2013 LHP Dontrelle Willis assigned to Salt Lake Bees.
August 7, 2013 Los Angeles Angels signed free agent LHP Dontrelle Willis to a minor league contract.
February 25, 2013 LHP Dontrelle Willis assigned to Chicago Cubs.
January 3, 2013 Chicago Cubs signed free agent LHP Dontrelle Willis to a minor league contract.
October 16, 2012 Norfolk Tides released LHP Dontrelle Willis.
July 2, 2012 LHP Dontrelle Willis retired.
June 23, 2012 LHP Dontrelle Willis assigned to Norfolk Tides.
May 15, 2012 LHP Dontrelle Willis assigned to Aberdeen IronBirds from Norfolk Tides.
April 20, 2012 Dontrelle Willis roster status changed by Norfolk Tides.
April 12, 2012 Norfolk Tides placed LHP Dontrelle Willis on the 7-day disabled list. left forearm strain
April 4, 2012 LHP Dontrelle Willis assigned to Norfolk Tides.
March 21, 2012 Baltimore Orioles signed free agent LHP Dontrelle Willis to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
March 16, 2012 Philadelphia Phillies released LHP Dontrelle Willis.
December 15, 2011 Philadelphia Phillies signed free agent LHP Dontrelle Willis.
October 30, 2011 LHP Dontrelle Willis elected free agency.
July 10, 2011 Cincinnati Reds selected the contract of LHP Dontrelle Willis from Louisville Bats.
June 6, 2011 Dontrelle Willis roster status changed by Louisville Bats.
May 22, 2011 Louisville Bats placed LHP Dontrelle Willis on the 7-day disabled list. Strained left thigh.
November 23, 2010 Cincinnati Reds signed free agent Dontrelle Willis.
November 6, 2010 LHP Dontrelle Willis elected free agency.
August 21, 2010 LHP Dontrelle Willis assigned to Fresno Grizzlies from AZL Giants.
July 29, 2010 Dontrelle Willis assigned to AZL Giants from San Francisco Giants.
July 28, 2010 San Francisco Giants signed free agent LHP Dontrelle Willis to a minor league contract.
July 6, 2010 Arizona Diamondbacks released LHP Dontrelle Willis.
July 4, 2010 Arizona Diamondbacks designated LHP Dontrelle Willis for assignment.
June 4, 2010 LHP Dontrelle Willis assigned to Arizona Diamondbacks.
June 1, 2010 Arizona Diamondbacks traded RHP Billy Buckner to Detroit Tigers for LHP Dontrelle Willis.
May 30, 2010 Detroit Tigers designated LHP Dontrelle Willis for assignment.
October 15, 2009 Detroit Tigers activated LHP Dontrelle Willis from the 15-day disabled list.
August 19, 2009 sent LHP Dontrelle Willis on a rehab assignment to Toledo Mud Hens.
June 18, 2009 Detroit Tigers placed LHP Dontrelle Willis on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 15, 2009. Anxiety disorder.
May 13, 2009 Detroit Tigers activated LHP Dontrelle Willis from the 15-day disabled list.
April 28, 2009 Dontrelle Willis assigned to Toledo Mud Hens from Erie SeaWolves.
April 23, 2009 Lakeland Flying Tigers sent LHP Dontrelle Willis on a rehab assignment to Erie SeaWolves.
April 21, 2009 Detroit Tigers sent LHP Dontrelle Willis on a rehab assignment to Lakeland Flying Tigers.

Dontrelle Wayne Willis Bio Info

Dontrelle W. Willis ... Married ... 2000 graduate of Encinal High School (CA) ... Went 10-1, 0.70 ERA with 111 SO in 70 IP his senior year and was named California High School Player of the Year... In 2006 and 2007, participated in the Strikeouts For Troops program by donating $100 per strikeout ... While with DET, funded a field construction project at the Lloyd H. Diehl Boys and Girls Club of Detroit to be named Dontrelle Willis Park ... Signed by: Steve Hinton. 2011 Went to spring training with CIN as a non-roster invitee. ... Began the season with Louisville (AAA). ... Was on the DL with a strained left thigh, 5/22-6/5. ... Had his contract selected on 7/10; at the time of his promotion, he ranked 3rd in the International League in ERA. ... CIN's bullpen blew saves in 3 of his first 5 starts. ... Posted a 3.88 ERA (30 ER, 69.2 IP) in 11 of his 13 ML starts; had a 18.00 ERA (12 ER, 6.0 IP) in the other two starts. ... Allowed three ER or less in 10 of his 13 ML starts. ... Slugged his ninth career HR, 8/3 at HOU (Jordan Lyles). ... Had his sixth career double-digit SO game, 8/9 vs COL (8.0 IP, 10 SO), and his first since 8/14/07 vs ARI. ... Left his start, 8/14 vs SD, with soreness in his left forearm, but did not miss his next start. ... Missed a scheduled start, 9/18 vs MIL, due to back spasms. ... Snapped a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning with a two-run double, 9/25 at PIT, to earn his lone win of the season. ... In his 13 ML starts, CIN averaged 3.38 runs/game, the lowest run support for any starter on the team. ... Held LHH to a .127 AVG (7-55); allowed only two XBH to LHH, both in the same game, 7/24 vs ATL. ... Hit safely in 10 of his 13 starts and led CIN pitchers in hits (12); batted .429 (12-28) in his starts and 0-for-3 as a pinch-hitter. ... His six-game hitting streak, 7/10-8/9, tied all ML pitchers for longest of the season. 2010 Pitched for 4 teams and 3 organizations...began the season with the Tigers...was traded to the Diamondbacks on 6/1 for Billy Buckner...on 7/4 was designated for assignment and then was released by Ari on 7/8...on 7/14 was signed by the Giants to a minor league contract and finished the season in their minor leagues...made 5 relief apps for SF's Class AAA Fresno and 3 more for its AZL club during 2 separate rehabilitation assignments...from 7/22-8/20 was on Fresno's disabled list with a strained left knee...on 11/23 agreed to terms with the Reds on a minor league contract with an invitation to 2011 Major League spring training camp. 2009 Limited to seven starts with the Tigers as he spent the majority of the 2009 season on the disabled list...Opened the season on the disabled list with anxiety disorder -- assigned to Single A Lakeland as part of an injury rehabilitation assignment on April 21, suffering the loss in his start versus Clearwater that night...Had his injury rehabilitation assignment transferred to Double A Erie on April 22 -- earned the win over Harrisburg in his only start with the SeaWolves on April 26...Had his injury rehabilitation assignment transferred to Triple A Toledo on April 27 -- made two starts with the Mud Hens before he was recalled from his injury rehabilitation assignment by the Tigers on May 7 and reinstated from the disabled list on May 13...Blanked Texas on one hit over 6.1 innings of work to earn the win on May 19 at Comerica Park -- marked his first win at the major league level since September 25, 2007 versus the Chicago Cubs...Took the loss on June 4 versus Boston, allowing five runs despite holding the Red Sox hitless over 2.1 innings of work -- according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the first major league pitcher to allow five runs without giving up a hit since Florida's Mark Hutton did so on August 20, 1996 at Chicago's Wrigley Field against the Cubs...he became just the second pitcher in Tigers history to ever to do so, joining Mark Fidrych, who did so on September 24, 1980 versus Toronto...Walked a career-high eight batters on June 14 at Pittsburgh...Landed on the disabled list for the remainder of the season on June 15 with anxiety disorder...Assigned to Toledo as part of an injury rehabilitation assignment on August 19 -- started three games for the Mud Hens, compiling a 1-1 record and 6.17 ERA (11.2IP/8ER) before being recalled from the injury rehabilitation assignment on September 8. 2008 Completed his first season with the Tigers organization in 2008, appearing in eight games with Detroit -- also saw action at the minor league level with Single A Lakeland and Triple A Toledo...Walked a career-high seven batters on April 5 versus the Chicago White Sox...Landed on the disabled list on April 12 with a hyperextension of his right knee -- marked his first stint on the disabled list during his major league career...Assigned to Toledo for an injury rehab assignment on May 2 -- took the loss that night versus Rochester after he allowed two runs on four hits in 4.2 innings...recalled by the Tigers from his injury rehab assignment on May 4 after he tweaked his right knee...The Tigers assigned him back to Toledo for an injury rehab assignment on May 12 -- earned the win in his only decision as he compiled a 4.63 ERA (11.2IP/6ER) in two starts before being recalled from his injury rehab assignment and reinstated from the disabled list by the Tigers on May 21...Made his first career relief appearance at the major league level on May 23 versus Minnesota...Optioned to Lakeland by the Tigers on June 11...Made one relief appearance with Lakeland before being sidelined July 4-16 with a right knee sprain...Posted a 0-3 record and 4.50 ERA (26.0IP/13ER) in five starts with Lakeland before having his option transferred to Toledo on August 13...Recalled from Toledo by the Tigers on September 1 -- started three games for Detroit during September, compiling a 0-1 record and 8.53 ERA (12.2IP/12ER)...Limited lefthanded batters to a .125 batting average (3x24) with the Tigers...righties hit .242 (15x62) against him. 2007 Went 10-15 with 5.17 ERA in career-high 35 starts ... had 10 wins, tied with Scott Olsen for most wins on Marlins staff ... led Florida pitchers with 35 starts, 205.1 innings and 146 strikeouts ... recorded 10+ wins for fifth straight season, first Marlins pitcher ever to do so and one of 19 pitchers in Majors with as long an active streak ... Finished season with 757 career strikeouts, tops on the Marlins' all-time list... passed A.J. Burnett (753) with seven-strikeout effort on September 25 vs. Chicago-NL ... finished season with 162 career starts, passing the mark previously held by A.J. Burnett (132) ... added to all-time records he already owned, including wins (68) and innings (1,022.2) ... Held left-handed opponents to .123 (13x106) average with no home runs, the second-best in the Majors (min 100 AB), behind Jonathan Papelbon (.104/ 12x115) ... Won first three starts and went 5-1 with 5.35 ERA in first six starts ... was 5-14 over final 29 starts, including season-long nine-game losing streak over 13 starts from June 3 to August 8 ... went 2-0 over final four starts ... Batted .286 (18x63) with two home runs and seven RBI ... hit his eighth career home run in his August 29 start vs. Atlanta off Buddy Carlyle, his second home run on the season and the second by a Marlins pitcher ... with his first home run of the season, August 8 at Philadelphia, he became just the second pitcher in the last 50 years to homer in each of his first five seasons, beginning with his official rookie year ... the other was Gary Peters, who homered in his first nine seasons (1963-71) ... Willis and Carlos Zambrano are the only pitchers who have homered in each of the last five seasons (2003-07) ... went 1x3 as pinch hitter, and is now 6x18 all-time as PH. 2006 Went 12-12 with 3.87 ERA and matched career high for games (34) and starts (34)...led Marlins pitching staff in wins (tied), starts (34), complete games (4), innings (223.1), and was second with 160 strikeouts...finished fifth in the National League for innings pitched...After a 1-6 start, went 11-6 with 3.39 ERA in final 23 starts after May...won three consecutive decisions in four starts from June 2-20...went 5-2 over final nine starts of season...won three straight starts from September 10-20...tossed complete-game shutout on September 10 vs. Philadelphia, allowing just three hits...also won September 15 at Atlanta and September 20 at New York-NL...Earned 50th career win on June 20 at Baltimore, becoming the all-time winningest pitcher in Marlins history, passing A.J. Burnett (49)...finished season second on franchise list for innings pitched (817.1), behind Burnett's 853.2 innings...moved into third place on the club list for career strikeouts with 611...Burnett leads with 753 third on Marlins career list with 127 starts for a pitcher, just behind the leader, Burnett, who has 131...Established new Marlins career record with 15th complete game on September 10 vs. Philadelphia, his fourth complete game of the season, which was good enough for fourth in the National League...held Phillies scoreless in the game, as he earned his eighth career shutout, tying A.J. Burnett for most in franchise history...recorded 12 strikeouts in the game, which tied his career high that he set vs. Atlanta on October 2, 2005...Led the Majors with 19 hit batsmen, which was also a Marlins' single-season record...the previous Marlins record was 16 hit batsmen by Kevin Brown in 1996...Was recognized by the South Florida chapter of the BBWAA with the 2006 Charlie Hough Good Guy Award...Was one of five Marlins pitchers to win 10+ games, the first time five pitchers have won 10+ in the same season in club history...Batted .172 with three home runs and 10 RBI... set batting career highs with three home runs and six walks...hit first career grand slam on July 7 at New York (NL) off Jose Lima, marking just the second grand slam ever by a Marlins pitcher (also Chris Hammond on 5/29/95 vs. Houston) marked the first grand slam by a Major League pitcher since Philadelphia's Robert Person hit one on June 2, 2002, vs. Montreal...had first career two-homer game on September 20 at New York (NL), hitting solo home runs off Oliver Perez and Roberto Hernandez...he became the first Marlins pitcher ever to hit two home runs in a game...went 1x1 as a pinch-hitter, recording an infield-single off John Smoltz on May 17 at Atlanta...improved career pinch-hitting average to .333 (5x15). 2005 In third season with the Marlins, established himself as one of the premier pitchers in the Majors, boasting a 22-10 record with a 2.63 ERA... set single-season highs in wins (22), complete games (7), shutouts (5), games started (34), strikeouts (170) and innings pitched (236.1)... led Majors in wins (22) and shutouts (5), while tying for first in complete games with seven (Chris Carpenter)... his 2.63 ERA was third-best in the Majors, behind Roger Clemens (1.87) and Andy Pettitte (2.39)... Finished in second-place behind Chris Carpenter in 2005 National League Cy Young Award voting, joining Kevin Brown as the only Marlins pitchers to finish as high as second in the balloting (Brown finished second in 1996)... voted the 2005 Florida Marlins Most Valuable Player by the South Florida chapter of the BBWAA... named the Florida Marlins nominee for the 2005 Roberto Clemente Award, given annually to the MLB player who combines outstanding skills on the baseball field with work in the community... His 22 wins were the most-ever by a Marlins pitcher, the most in the Majors since 2003 (Roy Halladay, 22-7), and the most in the NL since 2002 (Randy Johnson, 24-5; Curt Schilling, 23-7)... tied the franchise single-season record for games started with 34, set by Charlie Hough in 1993 and matched by Ryan Dempster in 2001... came 1.0 inning shy of matching Kevin Brown's single-season franchise record for innings pitched with 237.1, which Brown established in the 1997 season... Led the Majors with five shutouts, the most by a pitcher under the age of 24 since 1985 (Dwight Gooden, eight shutouts at age 20)... Willis is one of only four pitchers younger than 24 since 1975 to throw at least five shutouts in a season, joining Gooden, Frank Tanana (five shutouts for the 1975 Angels at age 22) and Fernando Valenzuela (eight shutouts for the 1981 Dodgers at a listed age of 20)... Began the season with a 7-0 mark and 1.08 ERA in first seven starts, including three complete-game shutouts... became just the second Marlins pitcher to begin season with a 7-0 record (Livan Hernandez, 9-0 to start 1997)... became the first Marlins pitcher to win five games and throw three complete games in April... became just the second pitcher since 1993 to toss three complete-game wins in April (Randy Johnson, three complete game wins in April 2000)... named the National League Pitcher of the Month for April after going 5-0, 1.29 ERA in five starts (35.0 IP, 5 ER)... Became the first Major League pitcher to throw two complete-game shutouts in his first two starts of season since 1982 (Rick Mahler, Atlanta Braves)... only the third pitcher in the last six seasons to throw three shutouts in his first 15 starts... Jason Schmidt did it in 2003 and Jeff Weaver in 2002... second pitcher since 1989 to have four shutouts through 17 starts prior to the All-Star break (Orel Hershiser went 9-7, 17 GS, 4 SHO in with LAD in 1989)... set a Marlins club record by beginning the season with 24.0 scoreless innings (previous record was 15.2 scoreless innings by Ricky Bones in 2000, which was matched by Willis in 2004)... At 22-10, became the first Major League pitcher with 32 decisions since John Smoltz in 1996 (24-8)... first pitcher to win 22 games in a season before the age of 24 since 1985, when Dwight Gooden was 24-4 before his 21st birthday... first ML pitcher under 24 to win 20 games since Ramon Martinez (20-6) in 1990, and the youngest lefty since Vida Blue (24-8) in 1971... Registered 26.5 percent of the Marlins wins, which was the highest percentage in the Majors, as he owned 22 of the Marlins 83 wins... the last ML pitcher on a winning team with that high of a percentage of team wins was Catfish Hunter for the Yankees in 1975 (23 of 83, 27.7 percent)... the last NL pitcher was Ferguson Jenkins of the Cubs in 1971 (24 of 83, 28.9 percent)... gave up 11 home runs on the year, tied for fewest in the ML with three other pitchers with at least 25 starts... recorded just two no-decisions on the season, June 18 at Los Angeles (AL) and October 2 vs. Atlanta... Selected as an All-Star for the second time in his career (2003)... he owned a 13-4 record with a 2.39 ERA at the break... At the plate, batted .261 (24x92) with four doubles, one home run, and 11 RBI... connected for first career home run on September 12 at Houston off RHP Scott Strickland... led all ML pitchers in at-bats (92), runs (14), RBI (11) and tied for second in hits (24)... collected five multi-hit games (T-2nd)... established franchise records for a Marlins pitcher in a single season with 14 runs, 24 hits and 11 RBI... batted eighth in the lineup on September 17 vs. Philadelphia, just the second time in the Majors since 1998 that a starting pitcher batted higher than ninth (Tomo Ohka, Montreal, May 30, 2004)... batted seventh on September 22 at New York (NL), the first pitcher since 1973 to hit higher than eighth (Steve Renko, Montreal, August 26, 1973)... hit .167 (1x6) with one strikeout on the year as a pinch-hitter... Collected two hits in the sixth inning on June 13 at Chicago (NL), becoming the third pitcher in 2005 (J. Schmidt, SF; J. Marquis, STL) and the first in Marlins history with two hits in an inning... had six-game hit streak from May 23 to June 23 (8x19/.421), the longest ever by a Marlins pitcher... the previous was five games in 1993 (Jack Armstrong). 2004 Made a career-high and team-best 32 starts and posted a 10-11 record with a 4.02 ERA in a career-best 197.0 innings pitched...finished second to Carl Pavano for the team lead in wins and strikeouts (139)...set career highs in losses, ERA and walks (61)...Posted the 23rd double-digit win season in team history with his home victory over the Expos on September one of eight Marlins pitchers to post multiple 10-plus win campaigns (with Brown, Burnett, Dempster, Leiter, Meadows, Pavano and Penny) and one of seven to do it in consecutive seasons...became the second Marlin to post the double-digit wins seasons in each of his first two Major League seasons, with Brian Meadows (11-13 in 1998, 11-15 in 1999)...The Marlins went 15-17 in Willis' 32 the 15 wins, posted a 2.36 ERA and a .247 the 17 losses, posted a 5.71 ERA and .299 BAA...Began the season with a 3-0 record and a 0.00 ERA, allowing one unearned run on 13 hits in 19.1 IP (.178 BAA)...did not allow a run in his first 15.2 innings before the Phillies tallied an unearned run in the fourth inning on April 20 at Citizens Bank Park...Allowed his first earned run in the first inning on April 25 vs. Atlanta...became the last qualifying starter in the Majors to allow an ER...overall, had not allowed an ER in 27.1 IP, with the last ER allowed coming in the third inning on September 23, 2003 vs. Philadelphia...After beginning his year 3-0 in his first five starts, went 7-11 with a 4.22 ERA, allowing a .278 BAA...Tossed two complete games on the year: May 12 at Houston and June 13 at Detroit...against the Astros, allowed two runs on six hits (2 BB, 1 SO) his outing at Detroit, allowed two earned runs on seven hits while striking out eight...On June 2 vs. Cincinnati, tossed 6.2 innings of perfect baseball before Sean Casey broke up his bid with a two-out single to left field...had a ND in that game, as he went 8.0 innings and allowed one run on three hits with one walk and five strikeouts... Struck out a career-high 10 batters in 7.1 innings in a 2-0 loss to Milwaukee on August 8...previously fanned nine batters in a game twice in 2003: September 18 at Philadelphia and May 25 at Cincinnati...matched a career-high four walks five times: April 14 at Montreal, May 18 vs. Houston, June 24 vs. Atlanta, September 11 at Chicago (NL) and September 21 vs. Philadelphia...Pitched shutout ball (5.0 IP or more) nine times during the year and allowed double-digit hits just twice: 11 on May 18 vs Houston and 10 on August 30 at New York (NL)...Compiled a 5-7 record at home with a 3.82 ERA (.261 BAA)...went 5-4 with a 4.22 ERA in 16 road starts...began the year 4-0 with a 2.78 ERA in his first six road games before going 1-2 with a 4.97 ERA in his final six road starts (.400 BAA)...suffered his first road loss of the year on July 24 at Montreal, when he allowed three runs (two ER) on three hits in 6.0 innings...that loss ended a five-game road winning streak over 10 games and was his first road defeat since August 28, 2003 at Pittsburgh...Allowed a .273 batting average to opposing hitters, including a .205 mark to left-handers and .287 mark to right-handers...allowed leadoff hitters a .233 batting average and .262 on-base percentage...On August 30 at New York (NL), allowed a career-high three home runs and led the Marlins staff by allowing 20 on the season...did not allow a home run in his last three starts, covering 20.0 innings...Began the season with two 3x3 hitting games, April 8 vs. Montreal and April 14 vs. the Expos in Puerto Rico, with a homer and three RBI...became the third Marlins pitcher to collect three hits in a game (with Chris Hammond on July 13, 1995 at LA and Terry Mathews on June 20, 1995 at COL)...collected seven consecutive hits, back to 2003, the second-most consecutive hits by a pitcher in the last 30 years, behind Livan Hernandez (eight in 2001 with SF)...finished one hit from matching the Marlins' club record for consecutive hits by any player (eight), held by Gary Sheffield (September 17-18, 1995) and Preston Wilson (May 12-15, 2001)...including the 2003 postseason, went 10x10 with a walk in his last 11 plate appearances...Went 3x8 as a pinch-hitter, collecting the most pinch-hits by a pitcher in the last 17 years...since 1974, only Dan Schatzeder (1986 with Montreal and Philadelphia) had more pinch-hits by a pitcher...Willis is tied on the list with Ken Brett, who went 3x15 as a PH for Pittsburgh in 1974. 2003 Named the National League Rookie of the Year and was the winner of the Larry Doby Award (NL Rookie of Year) by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, as he set the Marlins single-season record for wins by a rookie and finished tied for the team lead with 14 victories (14-6, 3.30 ERA) in 27 starts... selected to the NL All-Star team, replacing injured LA RHP Kevin Brown... went 9-1 with a 2.08 ERA in his 13 outings prior to the Break... was the youngest NL All-Star since STL's Pujols in 2001 and youngest All-Star pitcher since NYM's Dwight Gooden in 1985... overall, ranked as the 11thyoungest pitcher named to an All-Star team... joined the Marlins on May 9, when he was selected from AA Carolina, replacing the injured Josh Beckett... made his Major League debut that night, facing Colorado and collecting a ND (6.0 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 7 SO)... fanned Preston Wilson to lead off the 2nd inning for his first Major League strikeout... collected his first Major League win in his second start, May 14 at San Diego, as he allowed three runs on five hits in 5.0 innings... was 1-1, 7.07 over his first three starts before posting an 8-0 record with a 1.05 ERA (8 ER in 68.1 IP) over his next 10 starts (May 25-July 13), including wins in seven consecutive starts (May 25-June 26)... became the first rookie since NYM's Isringhausen in 1995 to win seven straight starts, according to the Elias Sports Bureau... he also became one of four pitchers since 1920 to win eight of his first 10 starts before the age of 22, joining LHP Fernando Valenzuela (with LA in 1981), RHP Mark Fidrych (with DET in 1976) and RHP Paul Dean (with STL in 1934)... collected nine wins in 10 decisions, the first rookie to win nine of 10 decisions since LA's Kazuhisa Ishii in 2002... won eight straight decisions, the first rookie to do so since LA's Matt Herges in 2000... tied the Marlins rookie record for wins, previously held by Brian Meadows (11-13 in 1999) when he notched his 11th on August 6 at St. Louis (3 ER, 8.0 IP)... set the new standard with his 12th win on September 7 over the Expos in Puerto Rico (R, 3 H in 7.0 IP)... was named the Pepsi National League Pitcher and Rookie of the Month for June as he went 5-0 with a 1.04 ERA in five starts... became the first player ever to win both awards in the same month since the Rookie of the Month award was instituted in 2001... also became the first rookie to win NL Pitcher of the Month since LA's Hideo Nomo in June of 1995... was named the Pepsi NL Co-Player of the Week for June 16-22, as he shared the honor with Arizona RHP Jose Valverde... earned Florida's 17th Player of the Week Award and the sixth by a pitcher... was the first Marlins rookie to be named Player of the Week... tossed a one-hit complete-game shutout against the Mets on June 16, the first Marlins rookie to toss a one-hitter (8th in FLA history, 5th by single pitcher)... became the first rookie to allow one hit or less in a CG since STL's Bud Smith no-hit SD on September 3, 2001... at 21 years, 155 days old, was the youngest pitcher to toss a one-hitter since Toronto's Roy Halladay one-hit Detroit on September 27, 1998... threw consecutive complete-game shutouts on June 16 vs New York (NL) and June 21 vs. Tampa Bay, the first Marlins rookie to toss back-to-back CG game shutouts and the first rookie pitcher to toss consecutive CG shutouts since TB's Rolando Arrojo on April 30 (at MIN) and May 6, 1998 (at KC)... took his first Major League loss on May 20 at Montreal, allowing five runs in 3.0 innings... the loss ended a 13-game winning streak that spanned 22 starts, back to June 3, 2002... was his first defeat since May 24, 2002 (at Peoria); had a 13-game winning streak when he went 6-0 to finish his stint at Class A Kane County, 2-0 with Class A Jupiter (both in 2002), his six starts (4-0) at AA Carolina in 2003 and his first Major League win... collected a hit in 13 of his 27 starts, including 10 of his last 18... hit his first career home run on May 31 off Cincinnati's Danny Graves. 2002 Named Sports Weekly Minor League Pitcher of the Year, a Midwest League Baseball America Class A All-Star and a Midwest League All-Star in his first season in the Marlins system... posted a combined 12-2 record with a 1.83 ERA in 24 games (all starts)... went 10-2 with a 1.83 ERA in 19 games with Kane County... ranked first in the league in ERA, second with two shutouts and third in complete games... made his Jupiter debut on July 27 vs. Daytona and went 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five game starts... was named the Marlins' Organizational Pitcher of the Month for May (3-2, 1.45 ERA) and June (4-0, 0.75 ERA)... was the Midwest League Player of the Week for June 3-9, as he went 1- 0 with a 0.00 ERA in two games, collecting 10 strikeouts in 13.0 innings pitched... collected wins in four straight starts, April 25-May 12, allowing one unearned run on 11 hits in 24.2 innings... included a 6.0-inning no-hit performance on May 1 vs. Beloit... fanned a career-high 11 batters in his 8.0 inning effort on June 14 vs. Michigan, his first career double-digit strikeout contest... went on the DL on August 21 with a left shoulder strain... combined to go 11-0 at home (9-0 with Kane County and 2-0 with Jupiter) with a 1.25 ERA (15 ER in 108.0 IP)... named the fourth-best prospect in Florida's system. 2001 Pitched for Short-Season A Boise in the Northwest League and won eight of his 10 decisions with a 2.98 ERA in 15 starts... was a Northwest League All-Star as he led the league in innings pitched, second in wins and game starts, fifth in batting average allowed (.217) and eighth in ERA... fanned a season-high nine batters in his August 15 win vs. Yakima... selected by Baseball America as the sixth-best prospect in the Northwest League. 2000 Went 3-1 with a 3.86 ERA in nine games (one start) with the Cubs in the Rookie-level Arizona League... collected a win in his first outing, 2.0 relief innings at the Athletics, allowing one hit... took his first career loss on July 28 against the Mexican All-Stars, allowing five runs (four ER) in 4.0 innings... fanned a season-high five Padres on July 21, his lone start of the season.