After a relatively successful run in spring training with the New York Mets, Tim Tebow will be joining the team’s Low-A team in Columbia, SC.According to Newsday, the New York Mets are sending “prospect” OF Tim Tebow to their Low-A affiliate, the Columbia Fireflies. The Fireflies are part of the South Atlantic League, where pitchers average an age of 22, compared to that of the 29-year-old Tebow.
“Sending him to a full season club is what we hoped to be able to do,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said on Monday. “And based on what he’s done in spring training, and his whole body of work since last fall, we feel comfortable with him going to Columbia.”
After posting a .235 batting average with the Mets, Alderson and manager Terry Collins believe with consistent at-bats, Tebow can improve drastically. Each game, the former Heisman trophy winner has improved, getting a better feel for the pros with each swing. Tebow also showed some skill with the leather recently, as the former Denver Bronco quarterback made a diving catch in the outfield.
“He’s obviously very athletic and he has adapted very quickly,” Alderson said. “His approach at the plate is very solid. He doesn’t chase pitches. People might say his swing is a little long but the swing is professional. When he’s made contact, it’s often been hard contact. Defensively, it’s still a work in progress but it’s adequate. He’s made some nice plays, again demonstrating the athleticism that everybody’s seen he has.”
The Mets plan for Tebow to start in Columbia’s outfield every day — the first time for him since his high school days in Jacksonville.
It’s certainly a long shot that Tebow will ever see the field in Queens, but he now has a legit chance — something he hasn’t always been afforded during his professional athletic career.
Tebow will presumably wear the number 15 on his back, and who knows what will happen.
But April 6, it’s officially Tebow Time.