The NCAA Is Evil, But You Probably Already Knew That

Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler was drafted in the fifth round of last June's MLB amateur draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Wetzler was only a junior, but the NCAA permits college juniors to be drafted. Wetzler did not come to an agreement with the Phillies, and as allowed by NCAA rules, he returned to Oregon State for his senior year.

Such things happen all of the time with college baseball. Guys aren't picked as high as they think they should be picked. Or the amount proffered for the contract isn't enough. Or maybe the guy just doesn't want to play for that particular organization and thinks he'll do better come the next draft. It's all allowed. It's all part of the rules. And normally it's not a problem.

But this time out, the Phillies ratted to the NCAA that Wetzler used an agent during negotiations, and the NCAA responded by suspending Wetzler for 20 percent (11 games) of this current Oregon State season. Because using an agent's a no-no, something forbidden by the NCAA rules, though the use of an unpaid adviser, generally an agent, is permitted and encouraged by the NCAA and by MLB.

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John Royal is a native Houstonian who graduated from the University of Houston and South Texas College of Law. In his day job he is a complex litigation attorney. In his night job he writes about Houston sports for the Houston Press.
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