Could this baseball thing work out for former Florida QB Tim Tebow after all?
We’ll find out soon enough as the Heisman Trophy winner puts on a showcase for scouts representing more than 20 Major League teams on Aug. 30.
Until then, we’re left analyzing the words of people who have seen the 29-year-old, who last played the sport competitively during his junior year of high school, swing the bat in recent times.
Major League Baseball relief pitcher David Aardsma, who was a first-round pick in the 2003 MLB draft and last appeared in a game for the Atlanta Braves in 2015, recently threw pitches to Tebow, according to a report from the New York Daily News.
Aardsma, who is 34 and aiming at a return to professional baseball himself, has thrown to Tebow twice, according to the report. His takeway? Tebow is pretty good.
Following the second meeting between the two in the last couple of weeks, Aardsma noted Tebow’s marked improvement in approach at the plate and his ability to adjust to Aardsma’s arsenal of pitches.
“It actually really pissed me off,” Aardsma wrote in a text message, according to the New York Daily News.
“He looked like a much different hitter today,” Aardsma added. “He looked like he is mid-season. He got tired at the end, but that was after a lot of work and probably 12 at-bats.”
Tebow has even homered off the man who saved 69 games for the Seattle Mariners in the 2009-10 seasons. While that’s an impressive feat for most anyone not already in the big leagues, Tebow’s detractors likely will point out that Aardsma is a long way removed from his prime as a pitcher.
So what was Aardsma’s parting advice to interested clubs? Instructional league, winter league and then give him a shot at the minor leagues:
“When I walked away, as a pitcher, I was pretty impressed,” said Aardsma. “He needs to see a lot more pitching and understand what the pitcher is watching and seeing from him and adjusting. That’s not something you know until you’re in it.
“I’d get him to instructs (instructional league), work his butt and get him to play winter league. Get him on the field every day, facing different pitchers. I would not be surprised if he’s in Double-A next year. I’d put the talent there right now.”