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Monda picked by Phillies at No. 181

Monda picked by Phillies at No. 181

Monda picked by Phillies at No. 181

Jason Monda, taken at No. 181, is a college outfielder who hits for average and should add power down the line.

Monda, out of Washington State, has shown that he can handle center field, but as he fills out, he might have to move to a corner, a place where his glove could be a plus. He has average speed on the basepaths but possesses great instincts that allow his speed to play up.

If the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Monda can add power, he could become a solid everyday player in the Majors.

The Rockies selected Monda in the 32nd round of the 2010 Draft, but he opted to play for Washington State instead of signing a pro contract.

This year for the Cougars, he batted .294 in 54 games. He had seven home runs and 40 RBIs but walked just five times in 211 at-bats.

As a sophomore in 2012, Monda batted .275 with a home run and 18 RBIs in 53 games.

Paul Hagen is a reporter or MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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