With Tim Tebow forever being a hot button issue and with his being a non-roster invitee to Spring Training, Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson addressed the topic of Tebow’s future in the Mets organization. To the surprise of many, Alderson was quite bullish on Tebow’s prospects as a baseball player.
In fact, Alderson would say, “Somebody asked me whether I think he’ll be a major league player at some point. I think he will play in the major leagues. That’s my guess. That’s my hope, and to some extent now after a year and a half, a modest expectation.” (ESPN).
Certainly, the Mets are pushing Tebow like he is a prospect that will make it to the Majors sooner rather than later. Despite having little to no experience playing baseball above the High School level, Tebow began the season with the Full Season A Columbia Fireflies. Around the mid-season mark, Tebow was hitting .220/.311/.336 with three homers and 23 RBI in 64 games. Apparently, the Mets liked what they saw from Tebow because they promoted him to High-A St. Lucie to finish out the season.
Overall, Tebow would finish his first professional season hitting .226/.309/.347 with eight homers and 52 RBI in 126 games. With that season under his belt, the Mets have not only invited him to Spring Training, but they have also targeted him to begin the year in Double-A. Given his results, this seems quite aggressive. Sandy Alderson agrees.
In fact, Alderson said, “This experiment, if you will, is not going to last forever, but he’s made meaningful progress. We thought he would best benefit from being in major league camp. That would accelerate his development rather than falling back on protocol.”
If Alderson really believes Tebow is MLB bound, accelerating the 30 year old Tebow makes some sense. Ultimately, the questions is what are the chances Tebow will ever justify Alderson’s faith in him and make the majors.
Sports betting site Bovada has tackled that subject by putting the odds of Tebow playing in the majors at +1,000 yes and -3,000 no.
As previously reported on MMN, Tebow’s main goal is to play in the majors. With that said, Tebow is just focusing on getting better and not worrying about what he can’t control saying, “My goal is to focus on this day and our outfield work, my training session, getting to know all the new coaches, and working as hard as I can. I think one of the important things about being an athlete is being able to lock in and have tunnel vision because I can’t worry about one day if I’m going to play in the bigs or not.”
In the end, no one expected Tebow to ever play baseball, and many never believed he could ever get to this point. Overall, with a front office as supportive as this, it is hard to bet against a driven Tebow ever making the majors.