The latest chapter in the Tim Tebow baseball story has concluded with the end of his Arizona Fall League season on Thursday.
Tebow, the 29-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner turned Mets prospect, reached base three times – a single and two walks – in his finale. His final line for the fall season: .194/.296/.242 with two RBI, three doubles, eight walks and 20 strikeouts in 71 plate appearances.
Not bad for a guy who hasn’t played organized baseball since his junior year of high school, but not exactly the kind of performance that is going to cause his stock to skyrocket. Still, Tebow remains optimistic.
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“I felt I improved every single week,” Tebow told MLB.com. “I feel good about the last week, walking away with four hits and three bases on balls in the last four games. I was pulling the ball a lot at first, and not the way you want to pull it, a lot of rollovers. I'm staying with pitches more now, going with them. I'm trying to get my foot down and hit the ball where it's pitched.”
“Ugly,” said another executive. “In the field and at the plate, nothing looks natural.”
Conversely, Mets GM Sandy Alderson came to Tebow’s defense
“The idea for us was just to get him more game experience there,” Alderson said. “We thought he might be somewhat overmatched and that was true early on, but from the first 10 days of the Arizona Fall League to the last 10 days, there was a marked improvement. …
“I haven’t heard anyone ripping him for impersonating a baseball player lately, so it’s good he ended on a positive note.”
Alderson added that the goal is for Tebow to attend spring training and compete for a spot on the Single-A roster. But something tells us there will be some Tebow news between now and February.