Unlike other college sports, college baseball players spend a significant chunk of the offseason away from the program, playing in summer baseball leagues. That is once again the case this year as Jason Monda and a few other players are playing around the country.
Monda turned down a $200,000 signing bonus to return to WSU. He's playing part time for the Wenatchee AppleSox this summer while also taking summer classes. Meg Wochnick of the Tacoma News Tribune wrote an interesting feature on Monda which discusses his path to Pullman, his decision to turn down the Phillies and more.
While Monda stayed close to home, Shea Donlin, Trace Tam Sing, Ben Roberts and Sean Hartnett are playing for Newport Gulls in Rhode Island.
Spending the Summer in Newport - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
NEWPORT, R.I. - Across the United States, current NCAA baseball student-athletes are playing in summer collegiate leagues. For four Washington State Cougars, the tourist town of Newport, R.I., is home this summer. Pitcher Sean Hartnett, second baseman Shea Donlin, shortstop Trace Tam Sing and outfielder Ben Roberts are teammates in the smallest state in the union for the hometown Newport Gulls.
For WSU's Jason Monda, it's not about the money | High School Sports - The News Tribune
Instead of beginning his professional career in the Philadelphia Phillies’ organization, Monda is spending his summer playing part time for the AppleSox — a wood-bat team for college players in the West Coast League — while taking summer classes at WSU.