Tigers option Dontrelle Willis to Class A Lakeland

Major League Baseball is reporting that the Detroit Tigers have optioned Dontrelle outright to the Class A Lakeland Flying Tigers.

In Lakeland, Willis will work with the organization’s pitching coordinator, Jon Matlack, and Lakeland pitching coach Joe Coleman to iron out severe control problems that have plagued the 2005 Cy Young Award runner-up since Spring Training.

Willis, who signed a three-year, $29 million contract after arriving in a December trade with Florida, has walked 21 batters this season in 11 1/3 innings.

If he gets back on track the Flying Tigers should have some very interesting games with Willis pitching. Not too many, as the Tigers would bring him back in a heartbeat if he regains his form.