If you've watched more than a few minutes of a college sporting event on TV, there is a pretty good chance you're familiar with the NCAA commercial which talks about athletes going pro in something other than sports. You know, one like this.
It turns out that is going to be the case for WSU's Jason Monda, who will not pursue a career in pro baseball following the season. Donnie Marbut mentioned as much a couple of weeks ago, but it seemingly dropped under the radar until it cropped up on Twitter on Wednesday. Here is a bit of what Marbut said then, via Baseball America:
"He's going to medical school," Marbut said. "I think he enjoys pitching, but ever since him and I talked the other day, I see a great calmness about him. We're proud of him for making a tough decision. A lot of guys feel like they want to do other things, but they feel like they have to keep playing."
Monda was drafted in the sixth round last season, but ultimately decided to turn down a six-figure bonus from the Phillies to return to school He cited the desire to go to medical school, among other things as reasoning to return. Now, it appears he'll make the same decision this offseason and forgo a career in baseball.
It's been an interesting 12 months for Monda. Known for his hitting, Monda began pitching last season and had quite a bit of success, eventually being named to the John Olerud Award watch list for the best two-way players. He was drafted in the sixth round, but eventually decided to return to school. He was then accused by Philadelphia of NCAA rule violations, only to be cleared before the season. He struggled at the plate early on, apparently partially due to leg and eye issues. He rarely plays the field these days and has instead gone from a reliever to one of the Cougars' top starting pitchers.
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