Earlier this spring, it was announced that Tim Tebow took another step in his road to making a Major League Baseball roster. He started the 2019 season on the Syracuse Mets’ opening day roster.
After starting his career on the New York Mets’ single-A affiliate, Tebow worked his way up the ranks.
However, in his first stint with the Syracuse Mets, Tebow got off to a dreadful start and was batting just .143 in early May.
Over the past two weeks, Tebow found better form and upped his batting average to .157.
On Sunday afternoon, Tebow finally hit his first home run at the Triple-A level.
Check it out.
— Syracuse Mets (@SyracuseMets) May 19, 2019
Tebow received the old “first home run” treatment from his teammates where they act like they have no idea what just happened before mugging Tebow in the dugout.
Syracuse Mets manager Tony DeFrancesco revealed why he thinks Tebow has struggled at Triple-A, via New York Post.
“Double-A pitching is a lot of younger guys that have good velocity on the fastball but no secondary pitches. Here, Tim is seeing everything coming at him but the kitchen sink. They’re throwing fastballs hard in on him, they’re breaking balls, they’re elevating. He just hasn’t seen enough of that right now — and they’re throwing strikes.”
His struggles in Triple-A come after Tebow found success at the Double-A level. He batted .273 with six homes runs and 36 RBI in 84 games during the 2018 season.