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.
BACK-TO-BACK!!! @SurgieeBaby hits a 2-run HR and @TimTebow follows with a solo shot! 7-0 Mets. #STLMets pic.twitter.com/ql9aL01a4S
— St. Lucie Mets (@stluciemets) July 5, 2017
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.
Tim Tebow's first seven games at Class A Advanced St. Lucie:
.438 AVG, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 BB, 3 K, 1.279 OPS.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) July 4, 2017
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.
That did not just happen! @TimTebow goes deep …2-run shot for the @stluciemets @CBS12 #tebowmania …call him up @Mets !! pic.twitter.com/KQifaIhDq5
— John Evenson (@WPB_Evenson) June 28, 2017
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.
ICYMI: Tim Tebow crashes into the wall to make a great snag (via @AMcDevittTV) https://t.co/EFkuQ3LNI6 pic.twitter.com/eblhTDD8Le
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 1, 2017
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.
Single A @FireFrogsBB taking advantage of Tim Tebow coming to town by selling package that includes game used dirt pic.twitter.com/aC38VtJ6O4
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 3, 2017
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]