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Tim Tebow's minor league assignment

20 March, 2017, 21:12 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Tim Tebow strikes out, gets plunked in Mets debut

The former football player "had gone hitless in his first eight at-bats off major league competition this spring", noted ESPN, but Tebow seemed to turn a corner last week, earning his first hit on Monday, "singling to left field off Miami Marlins left-hander Kyle Lobstein and prompting a positive review from New York Mets manager Terry Collins".

According to the Fireflies, who trumpeted the news on their website, Tebow will wear his signature No. 15.

"Tebow's story is so compelling - from the BCS National Championships and the NFL playoffs to reinventing himself as a professional baseball player", Fireflies president John Katz said in a statement.

Tebow made his Grapefruit League debut earlier in March, when Alderson admitted the former NFL and Heisman Trophy-winning QB was "somewhat overmatched, especially early on".

Tebow is hitting.235 in eight spring training games, which isn't awful for someone who hadn't played organized baseball in 11 years before signing a minor league contract with the Mets last September.

He went went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts as the Mets' designated hitter in his debut against the Red Sox on March 8, but continued to improve as spring training went on. He also squashed the notion Tebow would be taking the spot of another prospect in the organization or is being used as a publicity stunt.

"That's such a bogus argument", Alderson said. Left-handers Tom Gorzelanny and Josh Edgin are trying to shake off bad starts to the spring exhibition season and right-handed submariner Ben Rowen is trying to show enough to earn a spot as a non-roster invitee. "We've got lots of room for lots of players at lots of different levels". Last season, the oldest player on the roster was pitcher Josh Smoker - who played just six games. He'll be placed and used wherever his ability takes him, so if he plays well in low-A ball, maybe we see him at high-A or in Binghamton's AA team at some point.

Tebow's debut with the Fireflies will be April 6 against Augusta.

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