Mets promote Tim Tebow to the St. Lucie Mets
By Aidan Bitterman
Even though his stats were particularly underwhelming, Tim Tebow has been promoted from Class A to high Class A on Sunday, as he will move from the Columbia Fireflies to the St. Lucie Mets.
The former college football star hit just .222 with three home runs and drove in 23 runs over 212 at bats in the beginning of his first season as a Mets minor leaguer. He played 63 games in Columbia and hit his first homer in his first career minor league at bat.
As a left fielder, he had just an .879 fielding percentage, making seven errors in only 58 chances.
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The 29-year-old also played in the Arizona Fall League last year after the Mets signed him in September. He will turn 30 on August 14. His .194 batting average in 19 games as a Scottsdale Scorpion was far less than impressive. He also appeared in a handful of games this past spring training.
As far as his football career goes, he was taken in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft after winning two national championships and a Heisman Trophy at the University of Florida. He was a finalist for the trophy awarded to the most outstanding college football player for three straight seasons, from 2007 to 2009.
Tebow last played in the NFL in 2012 with the Jets, his only season in New York. He spent his first two seasons in Denver. He had a 47.9 completion percentage in his three seasons with 17 passing touchdowns and 12 rushing touchdowns.
His NFL career peaked on January 8, 2012 when his Broncos beat the Steelers in overtime of the AFC Wild Card game for Tebow’s only career playoff win.
He was cut by the Patriots and Eagles in the preseasons of 2013 and 2015 respectively.
Tebow announced in August of 2016 that he was pursuing a career in baseball.
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He has also spent time as a broadcaster, appearing mostly on the SEC Network as a college football analyst.
Should he earn another promotion, the next step for Tebow would be AA Binghamton.