Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) at a press conference after the 2014 BCS National Championship game against the Auburn Tigers at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins Way: Marlins Almost Drafted Jameis Winston?

Can you imagine Famous Jameis standing in the same outfield as Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich, with Jose Fernandez on the mound for the Marlins?

It’s certainly something that crossed the Marlins mind, back in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. The Marlins were one of the teams that explored the idea of drafting Jameis Winston, but ultimately backed off, due to his strong comittment to the Florida State University.

“We were told he was going to be basically unsignable,” said Stan Meek, Miami’s vice president of scouting. “He was going to go to Florida State.”

Winston had a legitimate chance to become a quality major leaguer, according to J.J. Cooper of Baseball America:

If football weren’t a factor, Winston would have a solid chance to be a 2015 first-round pick in baseball. On the mound, he showed a 92-94 mph fastball and a promising slider. Because he has gained weight for football, he isn’t the well above-average runner he used to be, but he’s still a solid-average runner with a right fielder’s arm.

Personally, if I were Winston, I’d opt for baseball. There is less of a fear of concussions after you retire and baseball players tend to make a whole lot more money. Also, the sport of baseball is so much better than football.

What do you guys think Winston should do? Let us know in the comment section.

Miami Marlins 2014 Top 15 Prospects | Grading on the Curve

Despite the graduation and Rookie-of-the-Year-ness of Jose Fernandez in 2013, the Miami Marlins still have a deep minor league system with several players closing in on the major league team in 2014.

Marlins among teams that scouted FSU’s Winston | Marlins News

Before striking a Heisman Trophy-winning pose and winning a national championship with Florida State University, quarterback Jameis Winston drew the attention of professional baseball scouts.

2014 Hall of Fame: Remembering Moises Alou | Fishstripes

The Marlins had one prominent former Fish on the Hall of Fame ballot, and he fell away just as quickly as he arrived. Fish Stripes would like to reflect on Moises Alou and his rich history with the team.

2014 Marlins Key Questions: Marcell Ozuna in center field | Fishstripes

The Miami Marlins have two center fielders in the running for the Opening Day job, and Marcell Ozuna is the current frontrunner. How will he handle the position in his second year?

Power Ranking the Contracts of Every Miami Marlins Player | Bleacher Report

Outside of a few last-minute signings here and there, the Miami Marlins’ Christmas shopping for the 2014 season is nearly complete.

An Early Preview of the NL East: Miami Marlins | Tomahawk Take

In the quest to get back to October in 2014, it’s important to take a look at where the Braves stack up against the teams they will see the most next season. The Marlins, Mets, Nationals, and Phillies will all have a bit of a different look in the upcoming season, and it’s important to take a look at the improvements and regressions within the division.

Here on Marlin Maniac:

Hall of Fame Voting: Marlins Don’t Make the Cut

The BBWAA have chosen their 2014 Hall of Fame inductees, and no surprise, there were not any Marlins to make the cut. The Marlins did place seven former players on the ballot in pitcher Armando Benitez, outfielders Moises Alou, Jacque Jones, Tim Raines and Luis Gonzalez and catchers Mike Piazza and Paul Lo Duca.

Greatest Moments in Marlins History: #81 Kevin Millar’s Streak

Welcome to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Today we are taking you back in time to the 2002 season. Not many fans give this season much thought.

Miami Marlins: President David Samson to compete on ‘Survivor’

It appears as if Marlins’ fans may have finally gotten their wish. For the better part of two years, (maybe even longer) many fans have been wishing they could ship Marlins president David Samson to a deserted island and leave him there.

Tags: Marcel Ozuna Miami Marlins Moises Alou

comments powered by Disqus