Commings spent much of this past winter working out five days a week with former major leaguer Jerry Hairston Jr. in Arizona, after first telling Hairston during a pickup baseball game about his desire to pursue a baseball career. Hairston organized the workouts and approached teams on Commings’ behalf to set up meetings.
Hairston told FoxSports.com that Commings “is a Starling Marte type of talent. He’s that good.”
Marte is a .289 hitter with 58 home runs, 160 stolen bases and a .792 OPS in 599 games over five seasons with the Pirates.
As a high school senior in 2008, Commings hit .520 with 15 home runs and 18 stolen bases and was drafted in the 37th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He opted instead to play football at UGA, where he had 154 tackles and eight interceptions in 54 games (35 starts) over parts of five seasons.
He had 84 tackles while starting all 26 games in his junior and senior seasons in 2011-2012.