Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) kisses the Coaches Trophy after the 2014 BCS National Championship game against the Auburn Tigers at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jameis Winston to DH and Close at FSU


In an interview on MLB Roundtrip on MLB Network Radio, Florida State Seminoles baseball coach Mike Martin continued to fuel speculation that the Heisman trophy winner could be a two-sport athlete in the future.

Martin was asked about Winston’s biggest strengths and where he plans to use the quarterback.

His biggest strengths are recall and he has a very good knowledge of the game. We want to use him as a closer at the beginning of the year. We will also use him as a DH and we know he can play the outfield, because he had 150 at-bats last year playing right field for us. We’re not real excited about using him as much as we did last year in the outfield, because we’re going to pitch him. So, we’re probably going to use him mainly as a DH and a Closer.

He went on to say that Winston, at this point, would probably project as a pitcher, but that he has all the tools to be a plus-outfielder and describes him as a switch-hitter with power.

Jameis Winston was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2012, but certain draft rules prohibited him from being a two-sport player while in college, and the Rangers had to give up their rights to him. He is eligible for the MLB Draft again in 2015.

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