(NEW YORK) — Less than a month after winning a national championship for the Florida State football team, Jameis Winston has already earned an award on the baseball diamond. The reigning Heisman trophy winner was named a preseason All-America third teamer by Baseball America as a utility player.
This is nothing new to the sophomore quarterback. As a freshman, Winston was a two-way player on both the gridiron and the diamond.
“We will use Jameis just like we do everybody else,” coach Mike Martin said last month. “We’re going to use him in the outfield, we’re going to use him on the mound, we’re going to use him as a DH some.”
Winston started 22 games in the outfield and 10 at designated hitter, hitting .235 with 21 runs scored. Winston also pitched 27 innings for the Seminoles, posting a 3.00 ERA with 21 strikeouts while hurling a fastball that can reach 95 mph.
Winston was drafted in the 15th round in 2012 by the Texas Rangers and is listed as the 20th-ranked sophomore by Baseball America.
Florida State is ranked sixth in the preseason poll.
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