Angel Villalona was once considered the top prospect in the Giants farm system. Then his career was turned upside down in 2009 when he faced murder charges in his native Dominican Republic.The charges were eventually dropped, and Villalona reportedly reached a settlement with the victim’s family.
Now, still only 22, the first baseman is trying to get his baseball career back on track. Villalona, unable to do so last year, has reportedly obtained his work visa and will participate in the Giants’ big-league camp at spring training next week. He hasn’t played baseball in the United States since he was with the San Jose Giants, the Giants’ Class-A affiliate, in 2009. More from Baseball America:
Villalona had reportedly sued the Giants for breach of contract for $5 million in a Dominican court, but the two sides reportedly settled. [...] Villalona spent last season playing in the Dominican Summer League, where he hit .303/.430/.497 with seven home runs in 44 games.
Villalona is on the Giants’ 40-man roster but also on MLB’s restricted list. Once he joins the team at camp, the club will reportedly petition the league to have him reinstated.