Tim Tebow, the former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner for the Florida Gators, is back in the news again, this time with the New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson making waves with his prediction that Tebow “will play in the major leagues” at some point.
As reported by ESPN,
“‘Somebody asked me whether I think he'll be a major league player at some point,’ Alderson said after a Sunday workout at First Data Field. ‘I think he will play in the major leagues. That's my guess. That's my hope, and to some extent now after a year and a half, a modest expectation.’”
The Mets’ general manager seems, according to ESPN, “pleased with the progress Tebow has made since the team signed him on Sept. 8, 2016. That’s why Tebow was one of the 15 non-roster invitees who will work in the Mets’ big league camp over the next six weeks.”
“‘He's dedicated himself to improving,’ Alderson said. ‘Spent a lot of time in the offseason working with hitting coaches and so forth. So some people say, “Well, gee, why is he in the major league camp?” I think realistically given his age, given where he started, he and we need to try and accelerate the process.
“‘This experiment, if you will, is not going to last forever, but he's made meaningful progress. We thought he would best benefit from being in major league camp. That would accelerate his development rather than falling back on protocol.’”
In his one season in Minor League Baseball, split between Single A (Full) and Single A (Advanced), Tim Tebow played 126 games with 430 at-bats, according to MiLB.com. The lefty scored 50 runs on 97 hits with 24 doubles, two triples, and eight home runs. Tebow had 52 RBIs, walking 43 times, and he averaged .226 with an on-base percentage of .309 on the season.