Heisman Trophy winner and Baseball America Preseason All-American Jameis Winston says he has no plans to stop playing baseball, despite what some believe is a brighter future as a football player.
Winston, who was hitless is two at-bats in Florida State’s exhibition game against the Yankees Tuesday, told The Associated Press he “has a passion” for both sports.
“I’m just 20 years old,” Winston said. “This is my life, man. I want to play both as long as I can. I love both of them. I’ve got a strong passion for both.”
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Winston is a third-team All-America choice on our preseason teams, and scouts say if football wasn’t a factor, Winston would have a solid chance to be a 2015 first-round pick in baseball.
On the mound, he has shown a 92-94 mph fastball and a promising slider. Because he has gained weight for football, he isn’t the well above-average runner he used to be, but he’s still a solid-average runner with a right fielder’s arm.
His opposing manager on Tuesday was impressed.
“Obviously, he’s a great talent,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told the AP. “I guess he had a football injury in the championship game which kept him from hitting for a while. But he’s just starting to pick up the bat again. I guess he had torn a ligament in his left index finger.”