Phillies prospect Valentin arrested for domestic violence
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies infield prospect Jesmuel Valentin has been placed on Major League Baseball's restricted list following an arrest Sunday evening in Florida for an alleged domestic violence incident with his wife.
"He has been charged with domestic battery," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Saturday.
Valentin, 20, is on unpaid administrative leave by the Commissioner's Office, which is investigating the arrest.
Phillies employee assistance professional Dickie Noles has been dispatched to Clearwater, Fla., to help Valentin and his wife. Valentin will see a domestic violence counselor.
The Phillies acquired Valentin in August from the Dodgers for right-hander Roberto Hernandez. Valentin, who ranks 24th in the organization's prospects list by MLBPipeline.com, hit a combined .273 with 24 doubles, nine triples, seven home runs, 47 RBIs, 25 stolen bases and a .753 OPS last season with Class A Great Lakes and Class A Advanced Clearwater.
He is the son of former Major League player Jose Valentin.