It’s pretty rare when a future first-round pick in baseball gets the chance to face a future Heisman Trophy winner.

But Marlins third-base prospect Colin Moran was part of one of those special moments last May. In his last regular-season game in a North Carolina Tar Heels uniform, Moran led off the eighth inning with Florida State’s Jameis Winston on the mound.

“I remember talking with the third-base coach and he said, ‘You should see this guy throw a football.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, I could imagine. He’s throwing a baseball pretty good,’ ” Moran said before playing in his first spring training game for the Marlins on Wednesday.

“I grounded out to [second] against him, but my freshman roommate [Brian Holberton] ended up having the game-winning hit off him. So every time Jameis was on TV during the football season my roommate would always bring that up.”

Winston, who went on to win the Heisman and lead the Seminoles to the national title, spent Tuesday afternoon signing autographs and snapping pictures with the Yankees before an exhibition game in Tampa.

The Marlins are hoping that Moran — taken with the sixth overall pick in last June’s draft — can eventually make a similar rise to stardom. On Wednesday, the 6-4, 190-pound left-handed hitter from Rye, N.Y., stroked a sharp single to left in his first at-bat of the spring against University of Miami starter Javi Salas, a familiar face from his days in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Moran later walked and scored, and then drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to left. He capped Wednesday’s 5-2 victory over the Hurricanes by making an over-the-shoulder catch in shallow left field with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth.

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