Villalona, who received a club-record $2.1 million signing bonus as a 16-year-old in 2006, hasn’t played professionally in over two years after being accused of killing a 25-year-old man in a Dominican Republic nightclub in September of 2009. Charges were eventually dismissed as part of a $139,000 settlement with the victim’s family, but Villalona sued the Giants for $5 million earlier this summer claiming they violated the terms of his contract following his arrest. After the two sides settled the lawsuit in September, the Giants were prepared to welcome him back into the organization.
I'm curious as to what the MinorLeagueBall community thinks of Villalona's chances of succeeding. He's still only 21 years old, and he was a top shelf prospect prior to these troubles.
My hunch is that within two years, Villalona will be generating excitement. Assuming his tools are intact, I think Villalona can still be a sucessful Major Leaguer.