Tim Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at the University of Florida, will be moving on up in the New York Mets farm system as he has earned a promotion.
Tebow will be moving on from Single-A Columbia and up to the Mets Advanced-A ball team in St. Lucie Mets
— Columbia Fireflies (@ColaFireflies) June 25, 2017
“Tim brought an incredible amount of experience and leadership to our clubhouse,” Fireflies president John Katz said in a statement. “His contributions, both on the field and in our community, have made a tremendous impact on our team, the City of Columbia and the entire South Atlantic League. We wish Tim the best as he continues his journey to Citi Field.”
The New York Mets general manager, Sandy Alderson spoke to reporters about the move up for Tebow.
Tebow was batting just .222 at Class A Columbia, but Sandy Alderson says the Mets were impressed by his improving exit velocity, metrics. pic.twitter.com/hCZNayrGFx
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) June 25, 2017
In 63 games, Tebow hit .222 with three home runs and 23 RBI. He also added 23 walks and was second on the team in doubles with 14. Given Tebow’s popularity, he was a huge draw for the Fireflies.
Tebow’s first game with the St. Lucie Mets will be on Tuesday, June 27 against the Palm Beach Cardinals. In May, Tebow signed a contract extension with ESPN, where he will continue to cover college football as an analyst for ESPN and the SEC Network.