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MLB scout says drafted Florida State QB will play for ‘Noles

Jameis Winston

Yesterday, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was drafted in the 15th round of the MLB draft — for baseball coverage, here’s a shameless plug for Hardball Talk — by the Texas Rangers. But despite the opportunity to play professional baseball right away, it appears by at least one account that Winston will pursue football.

“I don’t think it’s a situation where we expect or hope that Jameis is not going to play football; he’s going to play football at Florida State,” Kip Fagg, the Rangers’ director of amateur scouting, told ESPN Dallas. “There is a possibility that Jameis could come out and play baseball with the Texas Rangers in the offseason. So that’s kind of what we’re looking at right now.”

Winston was a highly coveted two-sport athlete from Hueytown, Ala., who committed to FSU this past signing period. However, he made more than a few fans hold their breath when he said he would push his commitment announcement past signing day. Two days later, though, he signed his National Letter of Intent, saying his “heart belongs to FSU.

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10 Responses to “MLB scout says drafted Florida State QB will play for ‘Noles”
  1. papabush88 says: Jun 6, 2012 2:54 PM

    Who cares? Su’a Cravens verbally commited to USC. Post that story

  2. Ben Kercheval says: Jun 6, 2012 3:15 PM

    “Who cares? Su’a Cravens verbally commited to USC. Post that story”

    Here ya go.

  3. ronswansonsdinner says: Jun 6, 2012 3:16 PM

    Poor guy’s name is Kip Fagg, I bet he got hazed a lot with that last name growing up.

  4. jimbo75025 says: Jun 6, 2012 4:08 PM

    “MLB scout says Florida State QB will play for ‘Noles”

    Anybody else think f0r someone who most likely was a journalism major there could have been a better headline such as “Texas Rangers draftee who committed to FSU for football will indeed enroll in school”? Florida State QB will play for Noles? Hmm.

  5. Ben Kercheval says: Jun 6, 2012 4:15 PM

    jimbo — I didn’t go to J-school, so I hate to disappoint you there.

    Though you do have a point that I should at least include the fact that Winston was drafted in the headline, which I’ve done. Other than that, we’re asked to keep headlines as short as possible.

  6. burntorangehorn says: Jun 6, 2012 7:11 PM

    15th round? I’m surprised. I haven’t seen the kid play baseball, but all the things I read about him when he committed to FSU said that he’d be a much earlier pick–like 1st-3rd rd.

  7. bowens3181 says: Jun 6, 2012 7:24 PM

    The reason he wasn’t a higher pick is because there is a high probability that he will never sign a pro contract with the Rangers in order to continue his football career, meaning that he will in all likelihood be re-entering the draft in 2 years

  8. kcrobert10 says: Jun 6, 2012 9:26 PM

    Personally I belive he and any other kid who decides to pass on baseball for football isn’t to smart. U will make twice the amount of money and have a much longer career and life span playing baseball.

  9. florida727 says: Jun 7, 2012 8:36 AM

    Ben Kercheval says:
    Jun 6, 2012 3:15 PM
    “Who cares? Su’a Cravens verbally commited to USC. Post that story”

    Here ya go.


    Classic, Ben. I’m still laughing.

  10. shamrock7326 says: Jun 7, 2012 10:20 AM


    Tell that to the thousands of players who bought that line only to find themselves in the minors their whole career, riding team buses, hating life while making minimum wage parttime.

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