There have been so few athletes with the ability to play in two professional sports leagues in the modern era. Namely, it started with Bo Jackson in the late 1980’s and evolved into Deion Sanders in the 1990’s. The latest two-sport athlete, one who many consider more of a sideshow rather than a legitimate prospect, is continuing to climb the ranks and prove doubters wrong.
Known more for his time as the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback of the Florida Gators, Tim Tebow has made his way through the minor leagues over the last two years with the New York Mets organization. With new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen taking over in 2019, Tebow’s rise will continue, and the outfield prospect could very well make his MLB debut this upcoming season.
As an All-Star last season at the Double-A level, Tebow had a .273 batting average with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 84 games with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies before a broken hamate bone in his right hand ended his season.
Van Wagenen, who will be replacing Sandy Alderson as Mets GM following his first career as a sports agent, announced Tebow will begin next season at the Triple-A level playing for the Syracuse Mets and is now just one move shy of making a Major League Baseball roster.
Get ready Major League Baseball fans, Tebow Time is coming.
The outfield roster for the Mets includes young players like Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo. With an aging Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes recovering from season-ending heel surgery, there are at-bats to steal at the major league level, and it’s likely that if Tebow’s surge continues, he will get called up to the majors at some point next season.
Although Tebow’s strikeout numbers are concerning — 103 times in 84 games last year and 126 times in 126 games in 2017 — the 31-year-old is an elite athlete with a power arm as an outfielder. Tebow’s ability to be a power hitter off the bench, as well as a defensive replacement, serves his case to become a player under contract in Major League Baseball in 2019.
Just when you thought Tebow was nothing more than a college football analyst whose NFL career only lasted through brief stints with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets, the prodigal son has returned.
His journey is far from over, but Tebow Mania might be coming to a baseball diamond near you very soon.