The Phillies Got Petty with a College Pitcher

Background for this story: the Phillies selected left-handed pitcher Ben Wetzler in the fifth round of last June’s draft. Wetzler, however, turned down the Phillies’ signing bonus of about $400,000 to return to Oregon State for his senior season. Wetzler was a first-team all-Pac-12 selection in his junior year.

According to Baseball America’s Aaron Fitt, the Phillies turned in Wetzler to the NCAA for “inappropriate contact” with a financial advisor. Fitt added:

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