First of all, the idea that Jameis Winston is going to try to be the next Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders or Michael Jordan is unlikely. In today’s sports world, athletes tend to focus on one sport once they get to college. For Winston, he is still playing collegiate baseball as well as football. He is a pitcher and an outfielder for the Florida State Seminoles and he is, as we well know, a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback on the Seminoles football team.
We all know how great of a football player that Winston is, but the majority of college football and baseball fans probably didn’t know how high of a ceiling Winston has on the baseball diamond. According to J.J. Cooper of Baseball America, Winston has the potential to be a first-round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft.
Winston was already drafted once in 2012 by the Texas Rangers in the 15th round. As a pitcher, his scouting report is very impressive. He possesses a fastball that sits between 92-94 miles per hour, and also features a very good slider with room to get better. When he isn’t pitching, Winston profiles best as a right fielder. He has average speed and a plus-plus arm — a key trait for corner outfielders.
Cooper notes that if he focused more on baseball, he would likely project to be a first-round pick, with his highest ceiling coming as a pitcher rather than a position player. As a pitcher, a National League scout said he could see Winston being drafted anywhere between picks 15-20.
If the star quarterback paid as much attention to working on baseball in the summer rather than football, he would likely profile as a first-round position player too. His offensive scouting report says that he has a long swing, but somehow also has a good contact rate. He is able to avoid striking out frequently, and being a switch-hitter certainly doesn’t hurt his case either.
Winston probably isn’t going to entertain the idea of going pro in two different sports, and he definitely won’t pass up being the first pick in the NFL Draft to play baseball; but who knows, maybe baseball would be best for him. The risk of injury is far lower in baseball, and have you seen the contracts being given to baseball players lately?
No, I’m only kidding. He’s much better off pursuing football — sometimes top prospects in baseball get placed in the minor leagues and never make the big leagues. He would be better off getting his money as the top overall pick in the NFL Draft once he leaves college.