By Paul DiSclafani
Tim Tebow has hit in 11 straight games since his promotion to Single “A” St. Lucie. He just hit his first ever walk-off home run on Thursday after hearing many of major leaguers throw him compliments at the All-Star game on Tuesday.
This is not one of those “Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once and a while” stories anymore. Unlike basketball great Michael Jordan, who tried baseball for a year and gave up after hitting just .202 with 114K in 436 AB’s, Tebow is – dare I say it? – actually getting better.
In a small sample of 16 games in St. Lucie, Tebow is hitting .327 with 2 2B, 3 HR and 10 RBI. His OBP of .421 is not bad at all. But the most surprising statistic is he has just 9K in 49 AB’s.
Understand that the Mets are not going to be promoting Tebow in September this year. In order to be promoted to the Majors after the rosters expand, the player must be on the 40-man roster. Tebow is currently NOT on the Mets 40-man roster and knowing how Sandy Alderson operates, he is not removing anyone anytime soon to accommodate Tebow. We can’t even get him to promote Amed Rosario who IS on the 40-man roster.
But what happens if Tebow continues to improve in Class “A”? What happens if he gets another promotion before the season is over to “AA”?
He’s no spring chicken, you know. The Mets need to consider accelerating his progress through the different levels of their organization if they feel he has a chance to make it to The Show before he retires.
Tebow was given a chance many minor leaguers don’t get when he appeared in a few games with the Big Club during Spring training. Now he has continued to reward the Mets organization as a model player who is beloved by teammates and fans alike, while showing actual improvement on the field.