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Jun 06, 2013 - Jun 08, 2013   
  

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Jameis Winston
OF SS, RHP 6-4 208   S/R

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4/24/12: There is a long history of baseball out-bidding college football for the services of high level high school quarterback recruits. Just in the last two years RHP Zach Lee was paid $5.25 million by the Dodgers to forgo his football scholarship to Louisiana State, while the Royals forked over $7.5 million to keep Bubba Starling from being the next quarterback at Nebraska. Joe Mauer was headed to Florida State to play quarterback before the Twins made him the first overall pick in the 2001 draft. But there has never been a dual baseball prospect/football quarterback with quite the football credentials that Jameis Winston brings to the table. That probably should have been obvious when Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher was in the stands at the Perfect Game National Showcase in Fort Myers last June. He wasn’t there to help Mike Martin and his baseball staff evaluate shortstops and left handed pitchers. Winston is the number one ranked quarterback in the country according to many recruiting services and he did indeed sign with Fisher and Florida State. He threw for 2,424 yards and 28 touchdowns (and only 2 interceptions) as a senior and ran for 1,063 yards and 15 more touchdowns. Winston was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Alabama, the MVP of the Under Armour All-American Football Game and the co-MVP of the prestigious Elite 11 Quarterback Camp. Maybe the most impressive part of his winning the Elite 11 Quarterback honors was that he wasn’t exactly preparing in the days leading up to the camp. Winston was in San Diego participating in the Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park, where he scored the East’s only run by stealing home. Unlike many football standouts who also excel at baseball due to their athletic ability, Winston has a surprisingly high skill level at multiple positions on the baseball field. He’s a switch-hitter who has similar swing mechanics and bat speed from both sides of the plate and compares to a more solidly built Dexter Fowler offensively at the same age. Speed is a big part of Winston’s game, even at 6-foot-4, 208-pounds, and he actually plays faster than his 6.59/4.56 times may suggest, especially on the bases where he is fearless and instinctive. And while Winston plays shortstop for his high school team, he shows good outfield instincts in centerfield and a plus throwing arm. Winston also has high level prospect tools as a right handed pitcher. He threw up to 92 mph at the Perfect Game National Showcase last June, but his most impressive outing last summer was the complete game shutout he threw at the WWBA 18U National Championships in mid-July. Winston only topped out at 89 mph in that game, but showed advanced command and feel for a mid-70s breaking ball. Despite those baseball tools and skills, the new CBA draft rules mean that it is highly unlikely that there are any teams in 2012 that are looking to make Winston the next Zach Lee or Bubba Starling. One of the first reactions by scouts when the new rules came out last November was, “this is going to hurt baseball because we won’t be able to overpay the best athletes to get them into our game.” Begging the question of whether Winston would even consider dropping his football career, or even delaying it similar to Brandon Weeden, Josh Booty and Drew Henson, likely means no team will step up and pay Winston the type of money that Lee or Starling received to give up football due to the slotting system and the huge penalties for overpaying a player. There are still two potential outcomes that could make Winston a factor in this draft. While he plans on playing both football and baseball at Florida State, a team could draft Winston high enough and pay him to play baseball professionally in the summers while he attends Florida State the rest of the year and plays only football at the collegiate level. There is certainly precedent for that, with former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL standout running back Ricky Williams being one notable example. Another potential but less likely scenario would be a repeat of what the Angels did with University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker in 2009. The Angels signed Locker as a 10th round draft pick for $200,000, but Locker never reported to the Angels by agreement. He lost his eligibility to play baseball at Washington but wasn’t planning on doing so anyway despite what many scouts considered a potential first round power hitting outfielder. However, the Angels now have Locker’s rights should he ever decide that he’s had enough of being an NFL quarterback and wants to turn to baseball instead. A team could approach Winston with a similar proposal; sign now for a nominal amount, go play football only at Florida State, and if that doesn’t work out, welcome Winston with open arms at the start of his baseball career.




Jun 29, 2012 - Jul 06, 2012   ABA Baseball
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East Cobb Complex - Marietta, GA
Jameis Winston
OF SS, RHP 6-4 205   S/R

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Jun 06, 2012 - Jun 10, 2012   ABA 18u
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East Cobb Complex - Marietta, GA
Jameis Winston
OF SS, RHP 6-4 205   S/R

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Aug 14, 2011 - Aug 14, 2011   East
  

PETCO Park - San Diego, CA
Jameis Winston
OF SS, RHP 6-4 208   S/R

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Jul 09, 2011 - Jul 15, 2011   Team Alabama
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East Cobb Complex - Marietta, GA
Jameis Winston
OF SS, RHP 6-4 200   S/R

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Jul 02, 2011 - Jul 08, 2011   Team Alabama
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East Cobb Complex - Marietta, GA
Jameis Winston
OF SS, RHP 6-4 200   S/R

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Jun 16, 2011 - Jun 19, 2011   9-Red
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City of Palms Park - Ft. Myers, FL
Jameis Winston
OF SS, RHP 6-4 208   S/R

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Jameis Winston is a 2012 OF/RHP with a 6-4 208 lb. frame from Hueytown, AL who attends Hueytown HS. Long lean athletic frame, deceptively strong. Outstanding and versatile athlete, can play all over the field and switch hits. Good bat speed from both sides, fluid swing through the ball, has some lift and pull to his approach, tends to be a bit still in his start, projects power. Outstanding baserunner, takes the extra base. 6.59 runner, very good outfield range, strong arm with good crow hop and footwork, quick infield actions, good hands, long actions but a flexible release, could play 3B in the future. Also pitches, deep long arm action, high 3/4's release with some effort, 90-92 mph with plus hard sinking life at times, throws both a curveball and slider with good spin and bite, slider is sharp and tight, big downer action on curveball, good idea how to pitch. Also one of the top dual threat quarterbacks in the country. Unique athlete, combines physical talent with surprising instincts and skills. High ceiling talent if chooses to continue to play baseball. Excellent student. Named to the Perfect Game All American Classic team.
PG Grade 10.0




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Jun 09, 2011 - Jun 12, 2011   Team Alabama
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East Cobb Complex - Marietta, GA
Jameis Winston
OF SS, RHP 6-4 195   S/R

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Jun 10, 2010 - Jun 13, 2010   Team Alabama
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East Cobb Complex - Marietta, GA
Jameis Winston
OF SS, RHP 6-3 195   S/R

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Jul 14, 2009 - Jul 20, 2009   BL Bombers
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East Cobb Complex - Marietta, GA
Jameis Winston
OF SS, RHP 6-3 185   S/R

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Jul 07, 2009 - Jul 12, 2009   Team Alabama 15u
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Terry Park - Ft. Myers, FL
Jameis Winston
OF SS, RHP 6-3 185   S/R

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