Tim Tebow is moving up in the baseball world.
The former NFL quarterback was promoted to St. Lucie of the Advanced A League after several months with the Columbia Fireflies, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson announced.
It’s not like he’s tearing up the league, but at the same time all of the indications are positive in terms of various things we look at chase rates and exit velocity, Alderson said, via ESPN. The bottom line is the average isn’t there, but he’s improving.
Tebow was batting .222 with 3 home runs, 23 RBIs, a .311 OPS with the Fireflies. He also had 69 strikeouts and 23 walks in 212 at-bats.
Tebow signed with the Mets in September and was sent to Columbia as an outfielder, where he committed seven errors in 58 chances this season.
The D-League is a proving ground, where Jones averaged 14.5 points on almost 11 shot attempts in nearly 32 minutes per game (well above his NBA per-game averages of 5.3 points and 3.8 field goal attempts in 17 minutes per game).
He could be a bigger offensive threat in the D-League; in fact, Jones said he knew he had to be. On the defensive end of the floor, he let his coaches know he wanted to guard every opposing teams best player, whether it was a point guard or power forward.
I want to be that person to stop them, he said. Thats something that I told my coaches I was going to do. That just proves Im a defensive stopper.