Former Kane County Cougars LHP Dontrelle “D-Train” Willis reportedly has signed a minor-league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Willis was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2003 and finished second in voting for the NL Cy Young Award in 2005, but his last full season in the major leagues was 2007 with the Florida Marlins. He hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2011, when he went 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 13 games with the Cincinnati Reds.
Since 2011, Willis has pitched in the minor leagues for the Baltimore Orioles, the Los Angeles Angels and the San Francisco Giants. He also pitched for two independent-league teams.
In addition to the Marlins and the Reds, Willis also has pitched at the major-league level for the Detroit Tigers and the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2000 and pitched in their system before being traded to the Marlins in late March 2002. He pitched in the Midwest League in 2002, going 10-2 with a 1.83 ERA, 101 strikeouts and 21 walks in 127.2 IP for the Cougars.
Astros trade Corporan to Rangers
The Houston Astros traded catcher Carlos Corporan to the Texas Rangers for minor-league RHP Akeem Bostick today.
Corporan played for the Beloit Snappers in 2004, batting .228 with 1 HR and 16 RBI in 63 games. He made his major-league debut for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2009.
Bostick was a second-round draft pick of the Rangers in 2013. He went 5-6 with a 5.18 ERA, 64 strikeouts and 28 walks in 92 IP for the Hickory Crawdads of the South Atlantic League (same level as the Midwest League) in 2014.