Giants prospect Villalona linked to killing

A teenage minor-league baseball player in the San Francisco Giants organization is the main suspect in the Saturday night killing of a 25-year-old man in the Dominican Republic, police said Sunday.

Angel Villalona turned himself in 12 hours after the man was shot at a bar in the southern coastal city of La Romana, Col. Adrian Urbaez told The Associated Press.

“The Giants were disappointed to learn that there was an incident in the Dominican Republic last night in which an individual was killed and one of our minor league prospects, Angel Villalona, may have been involved. We will monitor the situation closely and trust that the judicial process in the Dominican Republic will resolve the matter promptly and fairly,” the team said in a statement released Sunday.

Villalona was signed by the Giants in 2006 out of the Dominican Republic and received what was then a club-record $2.1 million signing bonus. He played in 74 games this year with the San Jose Giants — San Francisco’s advanced Single-A team — batting .267 with nine home runs and 42 RBIs.

The San Jose squad won the California League championship Saturday night, but Villalona had not been with the team for sometime following a midseason injury.

The 19-year-old was considered the Giants’ most prized prospect when he signed, and he was chosen the top prospect in the Arizona Rookie League two years ago.

Frank Micheli, president of the Azucareros del Este — Villalona’s winter league team — said he was aware someone was killed, but he had no further details.

Villalona will appear in court today and could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty of the killing of Mario Felix de Jesus Velete,
police said.

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