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UA signee suspended for senior year
Jonah Patten signs his letter of intent to play at Arkansas during a ceremony in November 2013.
An Arkansas baseball signee won't play his senior season after violating his school's policy on chewing tobacco.
Jonah Patten, a heralded right-handed pitcher from Norwell, Ind., violated his school's athletic code of conduct for the second time, according to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. He had been suspended for the first half of his junior season for the same offense.
Patten is considered the top pitching prospect in the state of Indiana after going 4-0 with a 2.07 earned run average last season. He was one of the Razorbacks' top signees last fall, rated the 129th best prospect in the nation by Perfect Game USA.
Patten is expected to play in the Perfect Game spring league, according to PrepBaseballReport.com. His suspension won't affect his eligibility for the MLB Draft in June.