Jameis Winston: How Good Of A Baseball Prospect?


Jameis Winston of Hueytown, Alabama is one of the top quarterback prospects in the Southeast.  As we revealed last week with the FSU recruiting board, Florida state is recruiting him, as is Alabama and most of the programs in the South.  But Winston isn't just a football prospect.  He is also a really good baseball player.  Winston will play baseball at whatever school he chooses.  But many FSU fans wanted to know whether he'll ever step foot on a college campus.  To answer that question, we turn to Matt Garrioch of MLB Bonus Baby

He is top 10 prospect for some based on potential and closer to 100 for others based on pro readiness. He has the potential to be a top draft pick but he is raw right now. Two sport stars are typically more raw than single sport stars, but the athleticism that he offers could allow him to vault up in the draft if someone sees him as a star, especially a team that could get him to commit solely to baseball. I don't have a set ranking for 2012 yet, but I would say he would be between 30th and 40th in the prep ranks for me.

He is playing well this season batting .475 with 4 HR's in 40 AB. He generates a lot of power at the plate with his long, lean frame. He projects as a potential 5 tool CF with time and polish. On the mound, he has a mid to upper 80's fastball and curveball that flashes signs of an above average pitch. He could be an interesting two-way player at FSU, but I think his future is in center field. Taking on playing QB, CF and pitching at FSU might be too much for one player but with his skills, I can't say that he couldn't do it.

30th to 40th in the prep rankings means Winston is going to have the opportunity to get paid some serious money.

There are many questions that come with recruiting at QB who is this good at baseball.  We'll discuss those later.  Thanks to Matt and please do visit MLB Bonus Baby.

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