Height/Weight: 6’4”/208 lbs.
High School: Hueytown (Ala.)
College Commitment: Florida State
Not only is Jameis Winston one of the most toolsy and athletic ballplayers in the 2012 draft class, he’s also arguably the top prep quarterback in the nation. However, his 15th-round selection by the Texas Rangers wasn't solely for his athleticism. Winston possesses an unusually strong baseball skill set for a player with such natural talent—especially one who has also dedicated an enormous amount of time to football.
A switch-hitter, the wiry-strong outfielder has sound mechanics from both sides of the plate, as well as excellent bat speed and raw power.
Not only does he have easy plus speed, but he’s an aggressive baserunner. He gets good reads in the outfield—he actually plays shortstop for his high-school team—and his speed allows him to get to every ball that’s not hit over the fence. Topping out at 92 mph off the mound, Winston’s plus arm plays just as strong in the outfield.
Considering the new collective bargaining agreement that prevents teams from frivolously paying well over slot value to sign their top draft picks, Winston may be the most difficult sign in the draft class.
Committed to Florida State to play both sports, the Rangers will have to pay him a healthy portion of their allotted spending pool to sway him from a potentially illustrious two-sport career as a Seminole. If Winston ultimately decides to turn pro, it will be important that he develops thoroughly. Therefore, he could be another toolsy prep outfielder who doesn’t reach the big leagues until the 2017 season.