MLB reinstates Giants prospect Angel Villalona from restricted list

Angel Villalona's baseball career can now get back on track. (Getty Images)

MLB has officially reinstated Giants prospect Angel Villalona from the restricted list now that he has reported to camp, Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The 22-year-old was charged with murder in the Dominican Republic in 2009, but the charges were later dropped following a settlment.

“I’m not going to talk about that,” said Villalona to Schulman about the charges. “I just want to concentrate on baseball ... Just like the people [in the Giants organization] have confidence in me, I did the same thing and tried to work [in winter ball] ... I’m just thankful for a second opportunity.”

Villalona was originally supposed to join the team for spring training last year but was so out of shape that he was unable to qualify as a “world-class athlete" and receive a visa. He has since dropped 40 pounds and checks in at 6 feet 3 and 250 pounds.

Before the murder charge derailed his playing career, Villalona was twice ranked as one of the 50 best prospects in the game, according to Baseball America. He has hit .272/.334/.434 with 38 homers in 298 career minor-league games.

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