Once a highly-touted prospect, acquitted murder suspect Angel Villalona will report to Giants spring training in Arizona next week, reports Baseball America.
Villalona was signed in 2006 as a 16-year old for $2.1 million. He struggled in his first year in the minors, but found his stroke in Single A Augusta in 2008, when he hit 17 home runs in the season.
However, in 2009, troubled stirred when he went back to his home country of Venezuela. Villalona was arrested and charged with murder at a nightclub for allegedly shooting a man taking a reserved seat.
The charges were dropped after Villalona paid the victim’s family, and he became a free man.
The Giants protected him from the Rule-5 Draft in 2011 by placing him on the 40-man roster.
He most recently played for the Dominican Summer League in 2012, when he hit .303 with seven home runs in 44 games.
Now, the once hyped prospect turned murder suspect has a chance to prove that he has what it takes to play in the major leagues.