Tim Tebow promoted to Class AAA with Mets — tabbed ‘a great next step’ toward big leagues
New York Mets minor league outfielder Tim Tebow is expected to start the 2019 season with Class AAA Syracuse, a promotion for the former NFL quarterback.
"That’s a great next step for him," newly hired Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said, via NorthJersey.com, at the GM Meetings in Carlsbad, Calif., on Wednesday. "We’re excited to get him back in camp and hopefully after a trip to Syracuse he’ll be able to prove to us and everybody in baseball that he can make an impact in the big leagues.”
The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner hit .273 and slugged six homers and 36 RBI in 84 games in 2018 for Class AA Binghamton before an injury — a broken hamate bone in his right hand — required surgery and cut his season short in July. The 31-year-old hit .301 in June and was hitting .340 in July before the injury.
"Timmy is not a guy you want to put restraints on," Wagenen said. "If he sees a block, he's going to work that much harder to go overcome whatever somebody places on him. I believe in him.
"Given the hamate injury he had last year, his momentum was stopped. The goal is if he can pick that up in spring training and hopefully get off to a good start in Syracuse, then we'll evaluate (a big leagues spot) when he's ready."
Tebow signed with Mets in late 2016, played in the Arizona Fall League and in 2017 hit .226 with eight homers and 52 RBI in 126 games at two levels of Class A. He played in seven games for the Mets in spring training this year, hitting .056 (1-for-18).
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Contributing: The Associated Press.
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