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