WSU Baseball: Monda Drafted In 6th Round

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Washington State Cougar Jason Monda received expected news today from Major League Baseball.

The 6-4 junior from Olympia became the 181st player selected in the 2013 MLB draft, going in the 6th round to the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

Monda’s first two seasons with WSU saw him play in the outfield and at first base for Coach Donnie Marbut. This past year Jason convinced Coach Marbut he could be an effective pitcher, earning a chance he took full advantage of.

Used primarily as a short relief pitcher in a setup role, Monda made 16 appearances completing 34 ⅓ innings while compiling a 2-2 record. He definitely showed he had the stuff to compete at the Pac-12 level striking out 22 opponents while posting a team leading 1.57ERA.

Most MLB scouts like Monda’s smooth stroke at the plate with nice skills defensively. He finished the 2013 campaign batting .294 with 7 home runs (tied for team best) and 40RBI, more than any other Coug.

The decision to sign with the Phillies or return for a senior campaign will be a tough one. Should Monda stay in Pullman, it’s certain he will get additional work on the mound. Also, it’s likely he will see more pitches to hit because of the quality of bats surrounding him in the lineup. Washington State was a very young squad this season and will return plenty of talent.

No doubt Monda’s family will play a key role in his decision process. His father, Greg, played for the Cougs back in the day. Also, this is familiar territory for Jason. He was drafted out of high school in the 32nd round of the 2010 MLB draft by the Colorado Rockies.

No question the choice will be tougher to make this time around as a 6th round pick is going to get a much better offer than a guy getting the call late in the draft.

GO COUGS!!!