Is Tim Tebow starting to rebound after horrible start in Double-A?
Despite a mostly inauspicious, sometimes ugly, debut in Double-A ball, is it possible that Tim Tebow might be turning it around after his initial struggles?
After making an appearance in the Mets’ major-league camp in spring training, Tebow started the minor league season with the Binghamaton Rumble Ponies, the team’s Double-A affiliate.
Tebow’s promotion caused some consternation in baseball circles, as the Mets’ motivation for the move was questioned. Although the Mets’ entire Tebow experiment has been derided for the most part.
However, Tebow’s start in Double-A began with a bang, as the glorified, 30-year-old prospect hit a three-run homer on the first pitch he saw in Double-A.
A 3-run home run off the first pitch he saw in Double-A ball.
Tim Tebow is settling in nicely with the @RumblePoniesBB. (via @PastrickSean) pic.twitter.com/eDmBUu9njH
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 6, 2018
Things quickly took a turn for the worse as Tebow went into a horrible slump after going yard in his first game. In his first 15 at-bats over four games, Tebow had two hits and eight strikeouts, posting a .133 average.
And then, Tebow seemed to acclimate to his new surroundings, rattling off a four-game hitting streak, with three of his five hits being doubles.
That's three doubles in two games for @TimTebow.@Mets @RumblePoniesBB
WATCH: https://t.co/jjZLsoUI3S pic.twitter.com/dmvecxQ63V
— MiLB.com (@MiLB) April 18, 2018
The surge led to Tebow posting a .241 batting average, a career high. A 1-for-3 outing in the following game got Tebow up to a .250 average. However, an 0-for-4 day at the plate on Thursday dropped Tebow’s average to .222.
Small sample size aside, Tebow has put up a decent stretch, at least by the standards afforded to him by the Mets. Tebow will presumably never reach the big leagues, outside of the Mets possibly using him as a late-season call-up in the interest of a promotional push.
Still, as eager as folks are to mock Tebow when he appears clueless, it’s only fair to give credit when credit is indeed due. Tebow’s recent run of decent at-bats arguably merits some semblance of praise.