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

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.
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