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Former top prospect Angel Villalona suing Giants for $5 million

Aug 13, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

Angel Villalona AP

If you ever wondered what happened to former top prospect Angel Villalona, here’s an update.

According to the Associated Press, Villalona has sued the Giants for over $5 million, alleging violation of contract. For those unfamiliar, Villalona was charged with murder in his native Dominican Republic in September of 2009. Charges were eventually dismissed due to lack of evidence after witnesses recanted their testimony.

The suit against the Giants was filed August 8 in the Dominican Republic. Villalona, now 21 years old, seeks $10,400 in lost wages and $5 million in compensation for moral and material damage experienced. The suit also requires the Giants to make a decision on his contract status within five days.

Villalona was given a team record $2.1 million signing bonus when he joined the Giants in 2006 at the age of 16. Highly-regarded for his bat, Baseball America ranked him as the No. 33 prospect in the game prior to the 2008 season and the No.44 prospect in 2009. He is currently practicing in the Dominican Republic in an effort to revive his once promising career.

  1. sknut - Aug 13, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    I would think suing your former team isn’t the best way to revive your career and to get other teams to notice you for the wrong reasons.

    • madaozeki - Aug 13, 2011 at 7:41 PM

      On the other hand, it might be a great way to salvage your life by netting 1-2 million dollars in a settlement, just in case baseball doesn’t end up working out for you.

    • sfbookreviews - Aug 14, 2011 at 2:32 AM

      I would agree as far as the 5 million dollars, but there is a bigger picture. Villalona has been eligible to play since January but the team has refused to reinstate him. Part of the lawsuit is make them decided whether or not they will reinstate him or release him so he can try to catch on with another organization.

      The right thing to do would have been to decide in January, when they were informed of his status, whether to bring him in or release him. The kid is in limbo until the Giants deem to make a decision. The kid simply wants to force them to make that decision while he’s still young.

      I’m not defending the man, I’m just saying the Giants are punking him by leaving him hanging. Surely they know whether he has a future in their organization or not so it’s time they do something about it.

  2. theonlynolan - Aug 14, 2011 at 1:02 AM

    It’s worth a shot.

  3. purnellmeagrejr - Aug 14, 2011 at 8:00 AM

    Looks like he’s wearing a chest protector.

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