Giants Option Villalona, Assign Seven to Minors

Mar 2, 2013; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti (one from right) talks to starting pitcher Barry Zito (left, standing) as manager Bruce Bochy (right) and catcher Buster Posey (center) look on before a game against the Chicago Cubs at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants made their first cuts today from their Spring Training roster.

Jose Valdez, Edward Concepcion, Fabio Castillo, Justin Fitzgerald, Josh Osich, Joe Panik, and Andrew Susac were all assigned to minor league camp, while Venezuelan prospect Angel Villalona was optioned to Single A San Jose.

Once a highly-touted prospect, Villalona was arrested and charged with murder four years ago in Venezuela.

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.

Topics: San Francisco Giants

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