Tim Tebow may be closer to flirting with a Major League call-up than some people may think.
The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback turned minor league baseball player has turned things on as of late, and he may be positioning himself to force the hands of the New York Mets on what is quickly becoming a “now or never” decision on trying the 30-year-old outfielder at the big-league level.
During his last 10 games with Double-A Binghamton, Tebow has launched 2 home runs to go along with a .333 batting average, .429 on-base percentage and a .567 slugging percentage.
That hot streak has brought his season totals up to a .260 batting average, .342 on-base percentage and .452 slugging percentage. And as MLB.com’s Mets beat reporter Anthony DiComo points out, that’s good for a .794 OPS (on-base + slugging) that ranks 22nd in the Eastern League.
That places Tebow ahead of MLB.com’s No. 11 prospect Bo Bichette (.756 OPS) and No. 35 prospect Austin Hays (.662 OPS), both of which are attempting to tackle the Double-A Eastern League alongside the former Florida Gator.
The biggest difference between Tebow and prospects like Bichette and Hays, of course, is his advanced age. At 20 and 22 respectively, Bichette and Hays are at ages where growth and struggles are to be expected at the Double-A level. Tebow, on the other hand, is at the age of a typical veteran Major League player thanks to his decade-long detour away from the game due to his college, NFL and later broadcasting career revolving around the game of football.
And while Tebow’s power bat is showing up nicely in his second full season in the minor leagues, it’s worth point out that he has struck out an alarming 49 times in 104 at-bats this season. If he’s approaching a strike out every other at-bat in the minor leagues, it’d be hard to imagine that number looking better once he faces the best pitching in the world at the MLB level.
There’s also the not-so-small matter of the Mets needing to clear space on their 40-man roster to make Tebow eligible for a call up.
Still yet, if Tebow keeps swinging a hot bat it will force the Mets to at least entertain the idea of promoting their pet project to the big leagues to see what happens.
If not this season, when? Tebow turns 31 in August.