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Tim Tebow, the New York Mets’ most famous minor leaguer homered in his first Double-A at-bat.
Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow has been moonlighting as a minor league baseball player with the New York Mets for a little more than a year now. While he’s not a refined hitter, he is insanely strong, and that has allowed him to display some power.
That was evident tonight, as he homered in his first Double-A at-bat with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (video above). There were two runners on base for the outfielder, who pulled the pitch over the right-field wall.
Tebow struggled mightily during his first professional season, splitting time between St. Lucie and Columbia. He slashed .226/.309/.347 across the two levels, while being significantly older than the average player at those levels (6.2 years older at St. Lucie and 7.5 years older at Columbia). He hit only eight home runs and had 52 RBIs.
He’s regarded as a very raw hitter, and his numbers back that up. He recorded more strikeouts (126) than hits (97) in his first professional season. While strikeouts are more common now than they ever have been before, the high number at low levels in the minors is very concerning.
However, Tebow does have a flair for making a quick impact in his debut at various levels. He started his time in Columbia with a home run and hit a home run in his first at-bat after being promoted to St. Lucie. On top of that, Tebow started his professional career in the Instructional League by sending the first pitch he saw over the fence.
Tebow definitely isn’t Amed Rosario or Dominic Smith, and it’s fair to doubt that he’ll ever make it to the MLB. However, if he does see the Big Apple, he’s a safe bet to homer his first time up, assuming his current trend holds up.