Former GreenJackets player a suspect in killing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — A Dominican baseball prospect for the San Francisco Giants is the main suspect in the killing of a 25-year-old man, 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, Coronel Adrian Urbaez told The Associated Press.

Villalona was signed by the San Francisco Giants in 2006 and received a club-record $2.1 million signing bonus. He played in 74 games with a Giants minor-league team this season, posting a .267 batting average with nine home runs and 42 RBIs.

The 19-year-old was considered the Giants' most prized prospect when he signed and was chosen the top prospect in the Arizona Rookie League two years ago. He played for the GreenJackets in 2008, hitting .263 with 17 HR and 64 RBI in 123 games.

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

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


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