Tim Tebow is hitting.185 through 16 games in the Arizona Fall League.
But, the outfielder has collected hits in seven of his last 10 games and looks to be figuring things out. Well, relatively.
The learning curve is sharp for Tebow, who at 29 hadn’t played baseball since high school prior to deciding to tryout for a spot on an MLB roster.
The former Heisman trophy winner, NCAA Division I National Champion and NFL quarterback — who has a playoff victory with the Broncos and has adorned an Eagles, Patriots and Jets uniform — was signed by the New York Mets and given a $100,000 signing bonus.
Whether it was for publicity or not, the Mets have a financial stake in his success and it seems likely that regardless of his performance as the AFL wraps up he’ll be with the team in some capacity in 2017. The best bet is that he plays in Single-A in South Florida and/or in Brooklyn at some point next year.
The left-handed hitter has hit .310 in 29 at bats with the bases empty, but just .040 with runners on base — which explains why he has just two RBI.
With his hitting leaving a bit to be desired, but showing progress, it’s his defense that is raising red flags among scouts. Several are saying he has absolutely no place in the outfield and will likely be moved to first base.