Marlins youngster drawing rave reviews

Updated: June 17, 2003, 9:36 AM ET
By Jim Baker
Here's what I wrote about Dontrelle Willis in the May 5 Baker's Dozen just after his first start:

"a promising major league debut& Dontrelle Willis should&be the designated starter for any Turn Back the Clock promotion because this guy has throwback written all over him. Well, it's written all over his windup and delivery anyway (not to mention his high socks). He's like something out of a newsreel with a big pumping action and leg kick the likes of which we have to rent a movie like 'The Pride of St. Louis' to see these days. Here's hoping that Willis sticks so that we can all see once more what it was like when a pitcher gave us our money's worth even before releasing the ball."

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