RubberDucks show late fight, but fall in extras 3-2

(Akron, Ohio) September 3, 2014 – An 11th inning RBI double by Richmond’s Angel Villalona proved to be the difference-maker in Akron’s playoff opener at Canal Park Wednesday night as the Flying Squirrels captured a 3-2 win over the RubberDucks. The Flying Squirrels (1-0) now lead the best-of-five Western Division Series one game to none heading into Thursday’s second game...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Top Prospects – Part 3

In case you missed it, we here at the Lunatic Fringe got to do a Guest Lecture at Surviving The World, a unique photo-webcomic by Dante Shepherd.  He’s a big baseball fan…but forgive him for rooting for the Red Sox, will ya? As with any system, there are quite a few players who don’t make the Top 10.  With the Giants, it’s interesting because of quite a range of second...
Via SF Lunatic Fringe
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

7 Giants Prospects Playing in the Arizona Fall League

While the San Francisco Giants roster regulars are at home, catching up with the families, restoring and rehabbing injured pieces, and getting rested up for another even-year run at a title, the Minor League youngsters with MLB aspirations are working as hard as ever. Apparently the organization forgot to tell some of them what the “off” in “offseason” means. Sure enough...
Via Nation Orange
October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

2014 Minor League Preview: San Francisco Giants

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2013 (28) | 2012 (21) | 2011 (24) | 2010 (29) | 2009 (8) 2012 Affiliate Records MLB: [76-86] NL West AAA: [68-75] Pacific Coast League – Fresno AA: [70-72] Eastern League – Richmond A+: [83-57] California League – San Jose A: [82-55] South Atlantic League – Augusta A(ss): [47-29] Northwest League — Salem-Keiser Arizona...
Via Razzball
October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants Prospect Angel Villalona to Compete in Minor League Hitting Challenge

The good news for San Francisco Giants prospects just keeps coming. In addition to the six San Jose Giants recently ranked in the California League's top-20, prospect Angel Villalona is set to compete in the Arizona Fall League's inaugural hitting competition. Villalona, a 23-year old infielder who was once considered a prize prospect in the Giants farm, has been...
Via Nation Orange
October 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants Wear Their Hitting Clothes at Indian School Park

Gustavo Cabrera singled twice, doubled, and drove-in two runs, Jarrett Parker, Angel Villalona, and Tyler Horan contributed RBI singles to a four-run 4th, and the Giants team collectively belted out 17 hits, en route to a 9-7 victory over the Cubs in Arizona Instructional League action this afternoon at Indian School Park Field #1 in Scottsdale. Tags: AZ Instructional LeagueArmando...
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September 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Hard-Hitting Aeros Outlast Richmond In 11-8 Marathon

Richmond, VA – As they began their final series of the road trip and before the all-star break, the Akron Aeros had the upper hand in a battle of the bats as they defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 11-8 on the Fourth of July at The Diamond in Richmond, Virginia.  Both teams combined for 21 hits, with hitters Carlos Moncrief and Jake Lowery contributing to the Aeros’...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
July 04, 2013  |  Discuss

SF Giants Rumors: Alex Rios To The Giants Rumors Six Years Later, Francouer, Villalona, Etc.

Credit: Steven Robles – SF Giants Rumors Bruce Levine of reports that it’s no surprise to outfielder Alex Rios to hear that teams are seeking his services in the trade market. Levine points out that industry sources say the Rangers, Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants have been watching Rios from city to city. This brings back memories of December 2007, that’s...
Via San Francisco Giants Baseball (SF Giants Rumors)
July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Angel Villalona making strides in comeback season

Wearing a big smile as he goes through pregame fielding drills at first base or waits his turn to take batting practice, Angel Villalona is enjoying the most basic aspects of being back on a baseball field. Playing professionally again at last, he is delivering at the plate and with his glove, going about his business with a quiet professionalism - thankful for a second chance in...
Via AP on Fox
July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants promoting 1B Angel Villalona to Double-A

First baseman Angel Villalona, a former top prospect with the San Francisco Giants before being cleared of a murder charge in his native Dominican Republic, has been promoted to Double-A Richmond from Class-A San Jose. Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans said Sunday night Villalona would join Richmond on Monday. A California League All-Star this season, the slugging first...
Via AP on Fox
July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Nostalgia Versus…

Well, that was fun yesterday.  Mostly.  Even if the California League played like a group of Pony League All-Stars. The Carolina League came into town and absolutely beat up on Cali’s best, 12-2.  The California League committed four errors, and a few mental ones on top of it.  San Jose’s Edwin Escobar gave up five runs (all earned, somehow) in an inning of work, the first...
Via SF Lunatic Fringe
June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

All-Star Season, A Little Early

That’s right, tomorrow (Tuesday the 18th) is the California-Carolina League All-Star Game.  Yep, I’m going.  And you can, too. I’ve gone to a few of these minor league All-Star Games.  The California and Carolina League take turns hosting, and I’ve attended the last two times they were on the west coast, in Stockton and Modesto.  I also attended the last minor league...
Via SF Lunatic Fringe
June 17, 2013  |  Discuss

SF Giants Rumors: Spring Training Cuts, Romo Blown Save, Etc.

  Credit: Steven Robles – SF Giants Rumors Today is the first day of cuts in Spring Training for the San Francisco Giants. They’ve sent pitchers Fabio Castillo, Edward Concepcion, Justin Fitzgerald, Jose Valdez, Josh Osich, infielder Joe Panik and catcher Andrew Susac to Minor League Camp, says Giants Beat Writer Chris Haft (via Twitter). In another Haft tweet, he says infielder...
Via San Francisco Giants Baseball (SF Giants Rumors)
March 08, 2013  |  Discuss


Via The Giants Cove
February 19, 2013  |  Discuss

SF Giants Rumors: Villalona, Sandoval, Cain, Etc.

Once infielder Angel Villalona reported to camp on Friday, Villalona was reinstated from the restricted list by Major League Baseball. He’s now officially back on the San Francisco Giants 40-man roster. Infielder Joe Panik is going to be splitting time this spring between second and shortstop, says Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News (via Twitter). In another Pavlovic tweet...
Via San Francisco Giants Baseball (SF Giants Rumors)
February 18, 2013  |  Discuss

SF Giants Rumors: Angel Pagan, Melky Cabrera, Angel Villalona Reports, Giants Tickets

Position players are reporting to camp today, and Andrew Baggarly of tells us (via Twitter) Angel Pagan, Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez all have their lockers in a row. Torres and Ramirez were traded to the Mets last offseason for Pagan. One year later the Giants have brought back Torres on a one-year deal, and Ramirez on a minor league deal. Pagan has also signed...
Via San Francisco Giants Baseball (SF Giants Rumors)
February 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Former top prospect, murder suspect Angel Villalona back with Giants

Angel Villalona was once considered the top prospect in the Giants farm system. Then his career was turned upside down in 2009 when he faced murder charges in his native Dominican Republic.The charges were eventually dropped, and Villalona reportedly reached a settlement with the victim’s family. Now, still only 22, the first baseman is trying to get his baseball career back on...
Via Minus Twenty-Two
February 08, 2013  |  Discuss

SF Giants Rumors: Wilson Decision Looms, World Series Money, Down On The Farm

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle points out that if the San Francisco Giants don’t tender a contract to Brian Wilson by Friday, he will becomes a free agent.   We have all speculated that the team would offer him a lower base salary with a ton of incentives if Wilson can produce on the field. I don’t think any Giants fans are ready to see the beard wearing any other...
Via San Francisco Giants Baseball (SF Giants Rumors)
November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

How could you, Melky?

Earlier today-- Betrayal Wednesday-- I was speaking to a co-worker about the Giants' win the night before. We spoke about Belt smashing the ball and hot-dogging like a dope, we touched on Posey's great slugging percentage, and how sweet of a pickup Scutaro is turning out to be. Despite Monday's demolition at the hands of Washington fresh in our minds, our conversation...
Via The Dodgerhater
August 16, 2012  |  Discuss

The Rise Of The Melkmen

To be clear, the Angel we’re referring to was Angel Villalona, not Pagan.  That Angel came with all sorts of renewed hopes for the Giants farm system…until he got arrested.  Pagan came with significant less fanfare, although he has done damned well and has earned a few costumed fans, at least on a temporary basis. In all seriousness, though, seeing the Melkmen at the park has...
Via SF Lunatic Fringe
June 04, 2012  |  Discuss

SF Giants Rumors: Villalona and Peguero

Andrew Baggarly of says Angel Villalona no longer has a locker in the Giants clubhouse. Which means his work visa issues won’t be resolved anytime soon.   That’s not a huge blow to the Giants organization. Villalona was not going to be in camp fighting for a roster spot on the San Francisco Giants 25 man roster. He was just going to get some AB’s in spring and...
Via San Francisco Giants Baseball (SF Giants Rumors)
March 05, 2012  |  Discuss

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March 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Prospect delayed by visa issue

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Giants prospect Angel Villalona has had his visa delayed back home in the Dominican Republic for what the team was told are weight and health issues. Darron Cummings Associated Press Giants catcher Buster Posey draws a crowd while signing autographs following a spring training workout at Scottsdale Stadium. Mean- while, prospect Angel Villalona's visa...
Via Sacbee
February 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Villalona's return delayed by visa issue

Angel Villalona, the would-be slugging prospect who in recent years has strayed closer to the jury box than the batter's box, will miss Thursday's reporting date for Giants position players due to visa problems.
February 21, 2012  |  Discuss

SF Giants Rumors: Villalona And The Giants Are Playing The Waiting Game

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle says Angel Villalona will not be reporting to camp with position players. Villalona’s work visa has been delayed due to gaining weight since he was arrested. A player that is given a work visa must be “elite athletes” and in top physical condition.   Lets hope this delay is a minor one. It would be nice to see Villalona establish...
Via San Francisco Giants Baseball (SF Giants Rumors)
February 21, 2012  |  Discuss
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