Tim Tebow may have found himself a landing spot in professional baseball — and it’s not far from where he made his name as a Florida Gator.
The Atlanta Braves were one of five teams to speak with Tebow one-on-one after his workout in Los Angeles, ESPN’s Pedro Gomez reports. The Braves have “definite interest,” Gomez writes, and are considering signing him to a minor league deal.
Gomez reported Friday that the Braves and the Rockies were the two teams showing the most interest in Tebow.
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Tebow impressed scouts with his power at his workout, but didn’t bring much else to the table. Reports surfaced that scouts graded him with just a 35 hit tool on the 20-80 scale and a 40 arm, despite winning a Heisman for his ability to throw a ball — albeit of a different kind.
Early consensus from scouts evaluating Tebow's baseball tools at work out: 55 Run 40 Arm 40 FLD 35 Hit 55 Power… https://t.co/Kp67BY1zh3
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Whether or not Tebow can contribute on the field — he hasn’t played competitive baseball since he was a high school junior in 2005 — he certainly would sell tickets on a barnstorming tour across the southeast for a Braves minor league affiliate. The rookie-level Braves team in the Gulf Coast League is based at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex near Orlando.
There were scouts from 28 of the 30 Major League clubs at Tebow’s workout Tuesday, though the Braves were one of a only a handful to send their higher-ranking scouts. The Braves sent their two top scouts, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported. The only two teams not to attend were the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics.