Bad news for No. 9 Arizona State, as touted righthanders Jason Jarvis and Devin Fuller have been declared academically ineligible. Fuller will miss the entire season, and Jarvis is "ineligible until further notice, and it could be the season," Murphy said at the team’s media day Tuesday. Jarvis, who racked up an ASU freshman record 11 saves last year, is the best arm on the staff and was expected to hold down the back of the bullpen as a sophomore. Fuller has another power arm–he has run his fastball up to 94 mph and shown a sharp 12-to-6 curveball in the past.
"Fuller and Jarvis being ineligible crushes us," Murphy said, as reported by the East Valley Tribune. "That’s two of the best arms on the club, two guys who are potential high draft picks who can’t play. They would be in the rotation or closing for us. It pains me a bunch."
Expect first baseman/lefthander Ike Davis, long regarded by Murphy as the secret weapon on ASU’s pitching staff, to assume a much more significant role in late-inning situations, but the favorite to assume the closer role might be junior college transfer Reyes Dorado, who has a 90-92 mph fastball and a good slider from the right side.
Walk-on outfielder Hayden Moss is also academically ineligible, according to the East Valley Tribune, but the Sun Devils weren’t counting on him in the outfield like they were counting on Jarvis and Fuller. Pitching depth was already a bit of a concern for Arizona State because of the compacted schedule, and now that concern will be amplified greatly.
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