For the second consecutive season, Tim Tebow will play with the big boys of the New York Mets during the Spring Training of 2018.
That power-hitting lefty prospect will officially be back with the big boys during the spring of 2018.
We’ve invited nine players to major league #SpringTraining including: Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Kevin Kaczmarski, Patrick Mazeika, Drew Smith, Corey Taylor, Tim Tebow, David Thompson and Adonis Uceta. #Mets
— New York Mets (@Mets) January 19, 2018
Over the course of 126 games in 2017, Tebow, who’s also still a college football analyst for ESPN, batted .226 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs. He began the season with the Fireflies of Columbia, South Carolina and eventually finished with a promotion to the Florida State League to play for Class-A St. Lucie.
In spring training a season ago, Tebow finished 4-for-27 (all singles), one walk and eight strikeouts in nine games.
His only other professional baseball moment came in the Arizona Fall League in 2016 in which he struggled to the tune of a .194 average and 20 strikeouts in 19 games.
“In looking back, there’s a lot of ups and downs, a lot of learning moments,” Tebow said then. “Almost every day there’s something that I’ve never been through before that I’m learning.”
As a 30-year-old outfield prospect, his chances of seeing any major league time in 2018 is tough to come by. From an organizational standpoint, however, the Mets have seen rising attendance numbers wherever he goes. This was especially the case in Port St. Lucie last summer when he moved down south after his promotion from Columbia.
New York will play a total of 31 exhibition games and officially kicks off the Grapefruit League schedule on Feb. 23 at First Data Field against the Atlanta Braves at Port St. Lucie, Florida, the spring training home of the New York Mets.