Mets prospect Tim Tebow finds new groove in AFL
Tim Tebow went 1-for-4 against the Peoria Javelinas and scored a run. It was his fourth hit and second double in his last three games.
After an 0-for-13 slump during his first week, Tebow had slowly been able to raise his batting average to .190. He’s now in the middle of his second three game hitting streak and had his first multiple hit game yesterday.
Through 10 games since October 26, Tebow is hitting .265. During that span he has hit three extra base hits — all doubles — and scored four times. He’s also becoming more disciplined at the plate as all of his walks were issued over his past six games
His on base percentage through his seven November games is a respectable .333. His OPS during that time stands at just under .700.
Surprisingly, Tebow has had a lot of success when there aren’t runners on base. With the bases empty, Tebow has been hitting .310 up until today’s game. With runners on, both his average and slugging percentage is .040. His OPS with runners in scoring position versus empty bases ranges from .192 to .734.
It’s still very early to see whether or not Tebow can have an impact within the Mets minor league system, but the numbers that he has been putting up this past two weeks are pointing in the right direction.
One thing that Tebow really needs to improve on is his strikeout rate. He has now struck out 17 times in 37 plate appearances. That’s a 46 percent strikeout rate, which is just awful. Even Chris Davis was able to stay below 40 percent last season.
However, his walk rate seems to be what can save him in this area. It’s still a small sample size, but as long as he can progress the way he has this month, his strikeouts should slowly begin to decrease over time.
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It’s going to be a long road for Tebow, but over time he can provide for both the Mets an the fans.