Angel Villalona

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Angel Villalona
Free agent
First baseman
Born: (1990-08-13) August 13, 1990 (age 26)
La Romana, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Angel Miguel Villalona (born August 13, 1990) is a first baseman who is currently a free agent.

He had been rated by many baseball websites as the Giants' #1 prospect.[1][2] He was a suspect in the killing of a 25-year-old man in the Dominican Republic.[3]

Career[edit]

In August 2006, the Giants gave Villalona a club-record $2.1 million signing bonus.[4]

In 2007, they assigned him to extended spring training with the idea of sending him to rookie or short-season ball later in the minor league season. He was then assigned to the Arizona Giants of the Rookie-level Arizona League as a 3rd baseman, hitting .264 and with an OPS in excess of .800 through July 30, 2007.

Villalona played 2008 with the Augusta GreenJackets of the Class A South Atlantic League, and was named to the 2008 All-Star Futures Game. He played the year with the San Jose Giants of the Class A-Advanced California League.

On November 19, 2011, he was added to the Giants' 40-man roster to avoid exposing him to the Rule 5 draft.[5] He was subsequently optioned to San Jose in March 2012 and placed back on the restricted list in April. The Giants reported on February 8, 2013, that Villalona's visa to come to the United States had been approved, and that once he arrived at their spring training camp at Scottsdale, the team would apply to the league for his reinstatement from the restricted list.[6]

Villalona played 44 games for the Dominican Summer League Giants in 2012, batting .303, hitting seven home runs, and driving in 34 runs. In 2013, he played for San Jose, and played in the all-star game.[7] He played for the Richmond Flying Squirrels of the Class AA Eastern League in 2014. After the 2014 season, the Giants outrighted Villalona off of their 40-man roster. Villalona played the 2015 season with the San Jose Giants of the Class A-Advanced California League.

Personal[edit]

On September 20, 2009, the Dominican Republic police announced that Villalona was a suspect in the murder of Mario Felix de Jesus Velete. He turned himself in, and could have faced up to 20 years in prison if convicted.[8]

The San Francisco Chronicle soon had an article profiling Villalona, his life and this incident. It gave a detailed picture of life in the Dominican and for prospects like Villalona who make big money. It also offered details into the charges and what was known at that time about the murder.[9]

In November 2009, Villalona was released on bond but still faced a murder charge. The victim's family asked a judge to drop the case, prompting his release, which appears related to a reported monetary settlement of approximately $139,000 that Villalona reached with the deceased's family. He would have stayed in jail awaiting arraignment on the charge without the settlement, but the prosecutor still planned to pursue the case.[10]

He appeared in court for a preliminary hearing on April 27, 2010 to determine whether the case would go to trial. He had been free on bond since the settlement, but his U.S. visa was subsequently revoked.[11] Villalona filed suit against the Giants for breach of contract in a Dominican court in early 2011, but settled the case out of court when the team reinstated him to its farm system.[5] Villalona resumed professional play with the Dominican Summer League in June 2012.

The charge against him was dropped due to lack of evidence.[6][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Manuel, John (August 20, 2006). "Prospects: International Affairs: Giants Give Big Bonus To "Big V"". BaseballAmerica.com. Retrieved October 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Prospects: Rankings: Top 100 Prospects: Top 100 Prospects: No. 21-40". BaseballAmerica.com. February 26, 2008. Retrieved October 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Police: Giants' prospect a suspect in killing - MLB - Yahoo! Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. September 20, 2009. Retrieved October 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ Giants Give Big Bonus To "Big V", by John Manuel, Baseball America.com, retrieved on June 18, 2007.
  5. ^ a b Haft, Chris (November 19, 2011). "Villalona among Giants' 40-man roster additions". Giants.MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Haft, Chris (February 8, 2013). "One-time top prospect Villalona may be on way". Mlb.com. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_23480564/angel-villalona-giants-one-time-phenom-seeking-redemption
  8. ^ "San Francisco Giants prospect a suspect in shooting of man - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. September 20, 2009. Retrieved October 24, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Giants' Villalona enmeshed in hometown slay case - SFGate". Articles.sfgate.com. September 27, 2009. Retrieved October 24, 2010. 
  10. ^ Haft, Chris (September 21, 2009). "Villalona granted bail in murder case | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved October 24, 2010. 
  11. ^ Baggarly, Andrew (March 29, 2010). "Preliminary hearing for murder suspect Angel Villalona set for April 27 | Extra Baggs". Blogs.mercurynews.com. Archived from the original on November 5, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2010. 
  12. ^ http://blogs.mercurynews.com/extrabaggs/2011/11/18/giants-add-angel-villalona-to-40-man-roster-designate-darren-ford-waldis-joaquin/

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