It is usually taboo to carry a phone into the varsity weight room at Bohler Gymnasium, but Washington State University outfielder Jason Monda was expecting a pretty important call Friday.
So he had to get special clearance from strength and conditioning director David Lang to lift and gab at the same time.
“It was a team workout thing,” Monda said. “But he was OK with it.”
Shortly before 1 p.m., Monda got the phone call he was expecting — the Philadelphia Phillies told the Capital High graduate that he had been selected in the sixth round (No. 181 overall) of the 2013 Major League Baseball first-year player draft.
He was the first and only WSU player selected through two days of the draft.
“I kind of knew from the beginning that the Phillies were a little more interested than other teams,” Monda said.
Early in the sixth round, a Phillies official phoned him to tell him the team was considering
selecting him. Minutes later, the 6-foot-4 Monda was on MLB’s website following the action. Indeed, Philadelphia carried through on what it said it was going to do.
Now, it is up to Monda, who was selected The Olympian’s All-Area high school player of the year in 2010, to decide what he wants to do.
It was an easy choice in 2010, when he was taken in the 32nd round out of high school by the Colorado Rockies: He was headed off to college anyway.
This season at WSU was Monda’s best: He hit seven home runs and drove in 40 runs in 52 games. He also pitched, going 2-2 with a 1.57 earned-run average.
Monda said he will take some time to make the decision on whether to sign a professional contract with the Phillies, or return to the Cougars for his senior season.
“I am sure (WSU coach Donnie Marbut) will do whatever he can to get in my ear,” Monda said. “I’ve always been (known) as the guy who weighs all his options beforehand. Either way, it is a win-win.”