Washington State baseball coach Donnie Marbut said Tuesday that Olympia native Jason Monda and three of the four other drafted Cougars including incoming freshman pitcher Layne Bruner from Montesano High School have assured him they will play at WSU next season. Monda, a junior outfielder out of Capital High School, was drafted by Philadelphia in the sixth round during the Major League Baseball First-year amateur player draft June 7.
This past spring, the 6-foot-4, 202-pound Monda hit a career-best .294 with seven home runs and 40 RBI in 54 games for the Cougars. His RBI total was a team high and his seven homers tied for team-high honors. He also pitched, sporting a 2-2 record with one save and a 1.57 ERA in 16 appearances on his way to earning all-Pacific-12 Conference honorable mention honors.
In three seasons in Pullman, Monda has played 145 games and has a career .286 batting average. As a senior at Capital in 2010, Monda hit .515 with 34 hits and 34 RBI, leading the Cougars to the 3A regional. He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 32nd round in 2010.