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MLB scout: Tim Tebow only a ‘mid-level organizational player’

There has been a lot of positive press about Tim Tebow’s progress in the low minors. But one MLB scout says it’s time to pump the breaks before anointing the 29-year-old Tebow a major league-level prospect.

Tebow, currently playing with the Columbia Fireflies, the New York Mets’ Low Class-A affiliate, has slashed .227/.309/.336 with two home runs in 25 games. But Tebow also has struck out 34 times in 110 at-bats.

The major league scout, who requested anonymity, provided a scouting report to Baseball America this week. As noted by CBS Sports’ Mike Axisa, the scout did have some positive things to say about Tebow — “shows some bat speed,” “has slightly above-average raw power,” “has unbelievable makeup” — the overall assessment isn’t favorable to Tebow’s major-league prospects.

The summary from the scouting report follows.

I believe Tebow is an organizational player. I do not think he is a major leaguer. But if he progresses like he has at low Class A and continues to hit at other levels, then if not this September, it will be next September—if the Mets are out of playoff contention—that he will (receive a callup), just as a marketing, public relations thing.

But if you are looking at him, without looking at those things, he is a mid-level organizational player. I would not recommend him to our club because we try to scout to build a championship club. He does not check those boxes for me.

There’s obviously nothing wrong with Tebow turning out to be a “mid-level organizational” player, especially given the late start to his professional baseball career. But it certainly doesn’t match up when juxtaposed with the excessive hype afforded Tebow since his much ballyhooed workout last August.

As noted by the unnamed scout, Tebow’s marketability, even as a minor-league player, is without a doubt a bonus for the Mets. It shouldn’t come as any surprise if the team continues to hype Tebow’s progress.

But as a realistic candidate to make it to the big leagues one day? That shouldn’t be counted on, at least according to this scout.