The New York Mets have decided the destination of football player turned baseball player Tim Tebow for this upcoming season. According to Marc Carig of Newsday.com, Tebow will be assigned to the Mets Low-A class affiliate, the Columbia Fireflies.
Tebow will play everyday in the South Atlantic League. He is expected to start everyday in either of the corner outfield spots.
Thus far in spring training, Tebow is hitting .235 in eight games. He also has made a pair of beautiful diving catches in both left and right. In his first couple of games he looked a bit overmatched but he has seemed to be a little bit more caught up to speed. Mets GM Sandy Alderson told Carig Tebow has “improved pretty dramatically.”
Alderson continued, “He’s obviously very athletic and has adapted very quickly, his approach at the plate is very solid. He doesn’t chase pitches. People might say his swing is a little long but the swing is professional. When he’s made contact its often been hard contact.”
For those of you getting mad over Tebow “taking a prospects roster spot,” Alderson addressed that. He said that is a “such a bogus argument, we’ve got loads of room for lots of players at lots of different levels. The fact that he’s starting in Colombia, he’s really not taking anybody’s spot.”
Tebow will be playing everyday in left or right field in the South Atlantic League starting April 6 against Augusta.