This time last year, the Tim Tebow baseball experiment seemed like it would be short-lived. Stints with Single-A Columbia and Port St. Lucie showed that the former Heisman winner had some pop, but he only hit .226 and was a strikeout machine.
Tebow is very much still a work in progress on the diamond. However, his second year in the pros, at a higher level, has gone much, much better.
New York Postwriter Zach Braziller spoke to numerous minor league managers who have coached against Tebow over the last two summers. The development has been very real.
Though his overall numbers for Binghamton aren’t overly impressive — Tebow had a slash line of .256/.335/.402 with five home runs and 27 RBIs through Monday — his .737 OPS through 224 plate appearances is 81 points better than the mark he posted a year ago. And over his previous 18 games he batted .321 (17-for-53) with an impressive .848 OPS. He hit safely in 11 of his previous 15 games, and had a stellar 315/.362/.481 slash line this month.
At least one of the managers thinks Tim Tebow has a chance to make the major leagues.
There has been speculation that the New York Mets will call him up in September when rosters expand. After a blistering start to the season, the Mets have fallen apart over the last few months. It is highly unlikely that they will wind up factoring into the playoff discussion at all.
Matt LeCroy, a former major league catcher from 2000-07 who is now the manager of the Washington Nationals' Double-A affiliate, thinks Tebow has a shot to make it to the sport's highest level.
“We’ve got guys who’ve been playing five, six, seven years not having the success he’s had at Double-A,” Double-A Harrisburg manager Matt LeCroy said. “A lot of people probably thought he could not do that and now he’s starting to thrive in Double-A.
“If you can play in this league,” the former big leaguer added, “you can probably give yourself a chance to get up to the major leagues.”
Back in February, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said that he thought Tebow would eventually play in the major leagues. That seems much more likely today than it was even a few short weeks ago.