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A look back at Jameis Winston’s FSU baseball career

Phil Sears/AP

When the name Jameis Winston gets thrown around in Tallahassee people tend to think of a Heisman Trophy Winner, a BCS National Champion, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback. Which for the most part is what should be expected since Winston went 29-1 as a starter and brought the crystal ball back to Tallahassee for the first time since 1999.

However, Winston’s legacy as arguably the best quarterback to ever come through Florida State has a tendency to overshadow the fact that Winston was a star dual-sport athlete while attending college. He showed promising signs as a utility prospect on the diamond as he was both a pitcher and outfielder under Head Coach Mike Martin in 2013-2014.

The 6’4 QB out of Hueytown, Alabama made national headlines on the gridiron as the #1 dual threat Quarterback in his class. With that being said Winston’s athletic abilities were not restrained to only football. Baseball scouts from across the nation labeled Winston as one of the premier blue-chip high school prospects which eventually led the Hueytown senior to be selected by the Texas Rangers in the 15th round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft. 

The 18-year-old (at the time) presented a long but athletic frame that translated well in both sports. Winston was the 48th ranked player in the nation and was named to the Perfect Game All American Classic team in 2012. He was labeled to have the makeup of an elite outfielder that had above average bat speed and approach at the plate. On the mound, his long frame with a high 3/4th arm slot gave Winston great downward projection on a low 90’s fastball to go along with a hard slider and 12-6 curve ball.

Winston played two years of collegiate baseball for the Seminoles (2013-14). Winston was a great utility piece for the ‘Noles as he saw playing time in both right field and on the mound for the Florida State Seminoles.

Once at the college level Jameis found more success coming out of the bullpen for the ‘Noles than he did at the plate. In over 50 appearances; both starting and out of the bullpen “Famous Jameis” finished with a 1.94 ERA  compared to his sluggish .209 career batting average. 

Rightfully Winston chose football over baseball and pursued his dream of becoming an NFL quarterback. And although it’s unlikely he ever leaves the NFL or even plays two professional sports; when talking about this unique athlete try not to disregard the potential the FSU stand out held on the Diamond.

You can catch the former ‘Nole back on the mound one last time as he’s set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in tonight’s 6:00 game against the #1 Florida Gators.


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