What a difference a few months can make.
Despite the detractors lambasting Tim Tebow’s baseball career as a mere PR stunt, early reports are suggesting that Tebow’s time with the Columbia Fireflies may be closer to an end than many thought. Mets beat writer Mike Puma of the New York Post first broke the news.
Mets have discussed promoting Tim Tebow within the minors, but will likely wait until midseason. He’s hitting .327 over his last 16 games.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) May 12, 2017
Even the most ardent Tebow supporter probably wasn’t expecting this rapid of an ascent. The former Heisman winner has already proven to be a world-class athlete, but being really strong and fast doesn’t always translate on a baseball diamond. They obviously help, but neither trait guarantees you can hit a baseball.
But Tebow has certainly been hitting plenty of baseballs. Not only is he batting .327 in his last 16 games but, as of this writing, Tebow is hitting .250/.330/.370 in 112 plate appearances.
— Columbia Fireflies (@ColaFireflies) April 27, 2017
He also chipped in two home runs and 11 RBIs in his 28 games. His OPS has also been outstanding (.849 in his last 16 games, second on his team overall among players who qualify).
To say that Tebow is carving himself a real role on his baseball team is an understatement.
Thus, it’s only a natural progression for Tebow to earn a promotion within the Mets’ minor league affiliates. And “earn” is the operative word here. One of the most frequent critiques lobbed at Tebow during his baseball career has been that he is a glory hog stealing precious at-bats from more “deserving” Mets prospects. Well, the numbers speak for themselves; Tebow is outplaying a good number of the other Mets prospects right now. READ MORE