Winston will compete for the closer job for the No. 5-ranked Seminoles when baseball begins.
He has a fastball that reaches 93-95 miles per hour and throws a slider for strikes. Martin Sr. said there are no restrictions on the quarterback outside of the normal rest for pitchers. Winston is poised to become the sixth winner in Heisman history to play collegiate baseball after winning the award and the first since Jackson in 1986, according to STATS LLC.
Martin Sr. believes Winston could be the No. 1 overall pick in the MLB draft if he was to singularly focus on baseball, but the coach doesn’t want that. He sees Winston as a first-round pick in both baseball and football.
“I never want him to devote full time to baseball because then I would miss out on his talent in football,” Martin Sr. said. “He’s just one of those rare athletes that only come around once in a blue moon.”
“So when I throw a touchdown I’ll celebrate and whatnot but when I throw a pick I keep my head up and say my fault guys and move on and keep stuff going. Baseball helped me with that.”
AP Football Writer Ralph D. Russo in New York contributed to this report.