Phillies' Wolever defends turning in college players to NCAA

Posted: May 30, 2014

AS THE PHILLIES prepare for next week's first-year player draft, assistant general manager of amateur scouting Marti Wolever insists the organization hasn't experienced any fallout from the Ben Wetzler/Jason Monda drama stemming from last year's draft.

The controversy began in February when reports surfaced that the Phillies had turned in Wetzler and Monda, their fifth- and sixth-round draft picks, respectively, to the NCAA for allegedly violating the "no agent" rule. Neither Wetzler, a lefthanded pitcher at Oregon State, nor Monda, an outfielder at Washington State, had signed with the Phillies, electing to instead go back to school. Wetzler, in turn, served an 11-game suspension from the NCAA.

"You wouldn't believe the number of people in professional baseball who have come up to me and our group over the course of the year and say, 'Thank you for what you did. You guys aren't the bad guys in this situation,' " Wolever said yesterday while discussing the upcoming draft.

"We've always operated with integrity and we've been open and up front with kids and their advisers and we will continue to do so. We've got a tremendous reputation, always have and always will. It has not hurt us a lick, because each guy is an individual, every player is different, as it is in the major leagues. ''

Added Wolever, "I realize a lot of people rushed to conclusions and judgment without knowing all the facts that went on, and we decided to stay out of it. It really was in the hands of the NCAA. So we let them do their job. We gave them the information they asked for and we let them do their job."

Wolever said his lone regret of the situation regarded the Phillies drafting players who had no intention of signing with them.

"I think the NCAA needs to stand up and say, look, all these kids are represented, they have agents and advisers, if you are going to have rules, then enforce them, and if you are going to not, then don't have them," he said.


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