Tuesday, June 10, 2008

All The Way To Single A

After walking 21 guys in 11.3 IP, Dontrelle Willis is sent to Lakeland:
The Tigers sent struggling Dontrelle Willis down to Class A on Tuesday, hoping the former star lefty can find his control.

Detroit optioned Willis to Lakeland of the Florida State League -- and home to the Tigers' spring training camp -- a day after he matched a career high by giving eight earned runs on five walks and three hits in 1 1/3 innings against Cleveland.

"He was for trying to do anything necessary to getting him back to being the guy he can be," Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski told the Detroit Free Press. "He also knew he wasn't doing well and didn't want to hurt his team."
That $29M over three years don't looka-so-good right now.


Mac said...

Why can't we do this with Francoeur?

Mark Runsvold said...

Francoeur's much younger and wouldn't really learn much by going to the low minors and destroying the pitching there.

He should certainly be batting toward the bottom of the order as figures out how to take walks, but players with enough talent to hold their own in the majors should always be in the majors. There's a very strong relationship between big league service time at a young age and success later on. If the Braves just stop pretending that Francoeur is a star or a legitimate middle-of-the-order bat, it won't seem like such a big deal that he's still got a lot to learn.

Jake said...

Just for the record, Willis accepted the assignment (he could have refused). He wants to get this figured out as much as anyone.