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Tim Tebow hits second homer since promotion to high Class A St. Lucie

Tim Tebow on Wednesday night hit his second home run since his promotion to high Class A, smashing a solo shot in the St. Lucie Mets’ 8-4 victory over the Charlotte Stone Crabs.

Many questioned Tebow’s promotion to high Class A ball, with some suggesting it was nothing short of a publicity-motivated move as the 29-year-old wasn’t exactly lighting it up with the Columbia Fireflies. In 63 games, Tebow hit .222 with three home runs and 23 RBI, striking out 69 times while walking only 23 times.

But Tebow has actually been playing fairly well since getting the nod.

All told, following Wednesday’s game, a 1-for-4 night, Tebow is batting .360 with 7 RBI and the aforementioned two long-balls, including the following round-tripper during his St. Lucie debut.

Tebow’s fielding ability — or lack thereof — has been questionable at best during his foray into pro baseball. But Tebow also managed to impress when strapping on the glove, at least on one play, with this nice catch in the outfield a few days back.

Tebow arguably is being afforded a bit more leeway than the average prospect due to his star power and marketability. Heck, look at what one minor-league team had prepared for a Tebow visit.

That said, not everyone is embracing Tebow arguably being fast-tracked through the minor leagues. Another team went well out of its way to outright mock Tebow during a series in June, something Mets general manager Sandy Alderson slammed as “minor league” in fitting fashion.

That said, it’s hard to argue with results, and Tebow is definitely producing them since being called up to St. Lucie. And let’s just say hitting a home run is a far better way to get noticed than what happened a few weeks ago when a fan had an unfortunate Tebow experience, in a manner of speaking.

[New York Post]

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