Tim Tebow is raising eyebrows with his performance as part of Double-A Binghamton.
Entering play Wednesday, the former Florida quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner was batting .259 with 4 home runs and 18 RBIs in 32 games. He boasted a .339 on-base percentage, and his minor-league numbers were better than a number of Top 100 prospects.
Recently, Tebow spoke about how adjusting to opponents’ strategies against him had served him well in Double-A.
“On some of the other levels they’ll try to have a plan, but they’ll get away from it, go back to what they feel comfortable with,” Tebow said via MiLB’s Craig Forde. “I think here, you have more teams and series where they really try to stick to how they’re pitching you. If you adjust to that, then they’re going to make adjustments.
“I think you learn how to understand when you’re not doing something well, when you need to adjust something, when you need to continue to make more adjustments after they’ve adjusted. Everything goes into it.”
That’s thoughtful insight from Tebow, who seems to have adjusted well at his current level after splitting time between Single-A Columbia and Single-A Advanced St. Lucie last year. If he can continue to be a consistent producer with Binghamton, it’s not a stretch to envision him receiving a call-up to Triple-A and threatening for a chance to reach the major leagues with the New York Mets.
In observing Tebow’s approach to strategies against him, it’s easy to assume his experience in football helped him hone his concentration. It’s clear he enjoys the chess game involved with any competitive situation, and it would be unwise to bet against him now.