Posts Tagged ‘San Jose Giants’

Giants Prospect Angel Villalona A Murder Suspect

Saturday night, a 25-year-old man named Mario Felix de Jesus Velete was shot to death in the Dominican Republic.  Earlier today, a suspect, 19-year-old Angel Villalona, voluntarily turned himself in to local police.  The fact that Villalona is a person of interest in this case is noteworthy because he is a person of interest to this blog, a top Baseball America prospect (#33 in 2008, #44 in 2009) two years running.

Villalona made his professional debut at the age of 16 with the AZL Giants in 2007 before finishing the season with the short-season Salem-Keizer Volcanoes just after his 17th birthday.  The next year he moved up to the South Atlantic League and hit seventeen homeruns, earning another promotion, to the California League.  He appeared in 74 games for the San Jose Giants this season before his season ended prematurely in July.

According to the AP, “Villalona will appear in court on Monday and could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty” of the murder.  If this was the United States, I could see some sort of deal being worked out (depending on the circumstances); not knowing anything about the criminal justice system in the Dominican Republic, however, it’s hard to say what sort of punishment Villalona might actually be facing.

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Now Batting For The San Francisco Giants…

Actually, “Now Batting For” might not be the best description for Buster Posey’s next few weeks with the Giants.  “Now Coming In As A Defensive Replacement And Occasionally Starting If Bengie Molina Can’t Play” is probably a more apt, though much wordier, option.

Posey was called up on Wednesday, capping off a remarkable season that started in the Class A Advanced California League and saw a promotion to Triple-A Fresno.  The 22-year-old catcher out of Florida State hit .325 with 18 homeruns and 80 RBI in 115 games between those two stops.

Chances are that Posey won’t get a lot of starts – the team didn’t even want to bring him up this season; Bengie Molina is still the top dog behind the plate, although he’s fighting an injury right now – but this will give him a chance to see the game from a major league dugout, which is important, I think.  Kinda like a young quarterback watching from the sidelines until he gets his bearings.

Giants fans are happy about the fact that Buster is coming to town.  And they’re doing a great job of keeping their expectations reasonable:

So welcome, Buster (nickname: Bustery Poseyey). No pressure. Just rescue the Giants’ offense while you’re up. Oh, and teach the rest of the team how to work the count. Also, dispel the myth that rookie catchers cause entire pitching staffs to implode. Also, I’d like a glass of iced tea.

That really doesn’t seem like too much to ask.

Koby Clemens Had A Good Night Last Night

Just the other day, I was wondering whatever happened to Koby Clemens.  Roger’s oldest boy was drafted several years ago and popped up from time to time while Dad was still an active player, but once the Rocket retired and began fending off accusations of steroid use, Koby sort of disappeared from view.

So imagine my shock when I was putting together the first attempt at a daily minor league recap (in the future, it will likely be just a Top Performers post – that’s what I find most interesting, anyway) and saw that Clemens had put up some outstanding numbers for Lancaster last night: 4-5, 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI.

All day, I thought about how I was going to write that Koby Clemens hit for the cycle.  It took me until tonight, when I looked at the post again, to realize that he had just missed – by a single, of all things.

So no cycle.  Much a pity.  But still, Clemens was the only minor leaguer with a multi-homer game yesterday (granted, there were no games in AAA due to the All-Star Game), and a seven RBI game is nothing to shake a stick at.

(Worth noting: San Jose’s Thomas Neal also came close to hitting for the cycle, and also missed by a single.)