Florida State baseball: Jameis Winston is favorite to win closer role

Jun 9, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles pitcher Jameis Winston (44) pitches the ball during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers during the Tallahassee super regional of the 2013 NCAA baseball tournament at Dick Howser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Jameis Winston wrapped up the college football season by leading the Florida State Seminoles to a BCS National Championship, but now he will be turning his attention to the baseball diamond.

Last week, Winston said that his new goal is to win a baseball national championship and he is currently favored to earn the team’s closer role.

Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin said that Winston is a ”very dominating pitcher,” but he would like to see the Heisman Trophy winner add another pitch to his repertoire before taking the mound so that he can keep opposing batters guessing.

“You’ve got to keep the hitters guessing,” Martin said, via ESPN. “If you’re a two-pitch guy, you’re obviously looking for one or the other. Fifty-fifty, I don’t like.

“We will use Jameis just like we do everybody else. We’re not going to treat him any differently and he doesn’t want to be treated any differently. He’s a Seminole baseball player now. We’re going to use him outfield, we’re going to use him on the mound, we’re going to use him as a DH some.

“But we want him to be our closer when it’s all said and done. That’s what we’re going to prepare him to be.”

Winston possesses a 95 mph fastball and an effective slider, but working a change up into his arsenal will allow him and the Florida State baseball team to have the most success.

ACC coaches have picked Florida State to win their division, so we will have to see if Winston can help lead another team towards a national title.

Topics: Baseball, Florida State Seminoles, Jameis Winston

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