Posted February 20, 2014

Report: Phillies turn in Oregon State’s Ben Wetzler to NCAA for using an agent

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Ben Wetzler (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

Oregon State’s Ben Wetzler won 10 games and struck out 83 batters last season. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

The Philadelphia Phillies turned in Oregon State left-hander Ben Wetzler to the NCAA for using an agent during negotiations with the team and refusing to sign as their fifth-round pick in last year’s MLB draft, reports Baseball America‘s Aaron Fitt.

The NCAA prohibits any athlete from using agents to negotiate with pro teams and as a result, Wetzler was suspended indefinitely last week by the NCAA after returning to school for his senior season.

He was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection last season after compiling a 10-1 record, a 2.25 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 96 innings. He was scheduled to pitch Friday before the NCAA suspended him.

The report also states the Phillies tried to turn in sixth-round pick Jason Monda, who is an outfielder/first baseman. He also refused to sign with the team and returned to Washington State. Monda was cleared to play for the Cougars by the NCAA last week.


16 comments
TheHip1
TheHip1

Another reason to hate the Phillies. Poor baby didn't get their 5th round pick after trying to snow the college player into a crappy contract so they cry to the NCAA? I think payback shall be a b*tch for this

JColby
JColby

This is why the general public has lost interest in pro sports. College athletes still care about the game and the players. I hope the Phillies never make the playoffs again and the bone head who did this chokes on an over priced hot dog. Phillies front office can suck it!

frankelee
frankelee

This team deserves to be blackballed by agents. Well actually, they deserve to lose picks, but since they won't receive the formal punishment they are down on their knees begging for, they deserve to be screwed by players and agents for the next several years until they fire the right people.

Mathonwy
Mathonwy

That's how they do things in Philly. Bring the hammer down..... BOOM!

Dodgerflip
Dodgerflip

The truth hurts & Dodgerfail2013 are the worst trolls on SI. It's pretty pathetic if you think about.

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

What a bunch of snitches. Jonathon Martin would fit right in with this organization. The Phillies are a complete joke.

DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

i wouldn't sign with a team from a scumbag city like philly either.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

@frankelee  are the Phillies the only team to ever have done this?  If you can't answer that question then kindly shut your hole.  

Aguilas
Aguilas

@DODGERFAIL2013  And what loser city do you reside in?  Got to love the internet tough talkers....go to Philly and say that.

Temple5966
Temple5966

@Aguilas @DODGERFAIL2013  I been to Philly. I did not lose thing there. Only thimg live in or work in Philly are bunch of scumbags or fags. Go Rangers