TAMPA, Fla. — The New York Yankees could face a hard-throwing Heisman Trophy winner in their first spring training game.
Florida State, with 2013 Heisman winner and closer Jameis Winston, will play the Yankees Tuesday at Steinbrenner Field.
"I'm looking forward to seeing him," Hall of Fame closer and Yankees' spring training instructor Goose Gossage said.
Winston led the Seminoles football team to the 2013 national championship in a 34-31 victory against Auburn on January 6. Winston, a 6-foot-4, 230 pound sophomore has allowed one hit in four scoreless innings in three games this season.
"It will be fun to watch," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Obviously, he's extremely athletic when you watch him play the game of football. He's got a great arm. Pretty mature for his age."
Winston recorded his first base hit of the season last week — but then was picked off — as the Seminoles remained undefeated through six games.
He continued to show his versatility on the diamond with appearances on the mound, in the field and at the plate. He and the team received an extra day off Sunday when the final game of the weekend series against Georgia was canceled due to weather.