Tim Tebow won’t join Mets at major league spring training after all
Tim Tebow was not among the New York Mets minor league players to receive an invite to the team’s major league spring training. The 29-year-old will instead take part in the Mets’ minor league camp.
The Mets have named Chase Bradford, Xorge Carillo, P.J Conlon, Phillip Eveans, Luis Guillermo, Kevin McGowan, David Roseboom, Paul Sewald, Dominic Smith, Champ Stuart, Travis Taijeron, Corey Taylor and Logan Taylor as invitees to big-league camp, leaving Tebow off the list.
It was deemed a long shot at best for Tebow to land an invite to the Mets major league spring training camp. A raw prospect in every sense, Tebow triple-slashed at a .194/.296/.242 clip in the Arizona Fall League, going 12-for-62 with eight walks and an abysmal 20 strikeouts. His defense has been characterized as suspect at best as well.
Tebow’s chances of becoming a legitimate professional ballplayer have been largely questioned ever since he strapped on the cleats in late August (more on that here and here). And his underwhelming overall performance in the Fall League elicited scathing reviews as well. Two unidentified scouts and one MLB executive using the terms to “awful,” “stinks” and “ugly” to describe the glorified prospect.
In the end, Tebow’s quest to become a big-league ballplayer seems to have stalled, at least for now. Tebow will instead participate in the minor league version of spring training, although reports indicate he could make an appearance or two in Grapefruit League games.
In hindsight, perhaps Mets general manager Sandy Alderson’s reaction in November when asked about Tebow’s chances of making an appearance in big-league camp said it all: Laughter.