As expected, Jason Jarvis will petition Major League Baseball for early entry into the June draft instead of attempting to resume his career at Arizona State.
The sophomore relief pitcher, who earlier this week was declared academically ineligible for the season, announced the decision on his Web site.
An appeal last week of a first-semester grade in an online music course determined that Jarvis, who had two saves this season and 11 last year, did not follow directions while taking an exam. That led to a grade lower than what he needed to be eligible per NCAA regulations.
Jarvis was cleared of academic dishonesty, but since he has disclosed that he took all online tests in similar fashion, he would likely face a number of additional grade changes.
"I could stay in school and regain my eligibility next year, however, I am continually amazed with the inconsistent way the ASU administration randomly executes their rules to suit themselves with no care whatsoever for the student," Jarvis wrote on his Web site. "So, rather than continue to struggle through the academic bureaucracy at ASU, I have decided to pursue a career in professional baseball."
College players are typically required to spend three years in school to become draft-eligible.
Jarvis, 20, must compLete the petition process by March 21. The graduate of Scottsdale Chaparral High, was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 25th round of the 2006 draft.
"It's hard to see a young man who you care about have this part of his career taken from him," Sun Devils coach Pat Murphy said. "I hope the scouts saw what he can do in the time that he was here. He can have a good career in pro ball."