Tim Tebow is no stranger to ridicule.
The former Heisman Trophy winner has been mocked for everything from his on-field play to his devout Christianity.
But Tebow is currently doing something that even his loudest critics can’t deny.
After the quiet end of his professional football career, Tebow transitioned to baseball, a sport he hadn’t played since he was a respectable high school prospect.
Tebow’s pursuit of a professional baseball career was quickly met with derision, but he gradually gained the respect of his peers who saw his work ethic up close and personal.
Tebow’s current level of play in Double-A ball could warrant a promotion to Triple-A, only one step away from the majors.
Suddenly Tim Tebow is “tearing it up” in Double-A baseball and enjoying a second wind for the season. The former NFL player made a splash when he jumped into baseball, however, this season he only earned one hit in the next 14 at-bats after homering in his first plate appearance.
But now, Tebow hit a homer on May 4 then another one the next day bringing his batting average from .133 to.241, NBC Sports reported.
“For the season, he now has 19 hits in 79 at bats. With five doubles, a triple, and three home runs, that gives Tebow a slugging percentage of .443,” Mike Florio reported.
The numbers here could make the difference between his languishing in Double-A and making the cut to advance to Triple-A in his quest to jump into the big leagues. And, according to Florio, “Tebow is now doing well enough to justify an eventual push to Triple-A ball.”
Tebow wowed fans with his fist big at bat for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies driving in two teammates with his April 5 homer against the Portland Sea Dogs at NYSEG Stadium.
The former NFL quarterback has been a huge draw nearly everywhere he goes during his effort to become a Major League Baseball player.
Tebow still has high strikeout numbers, but his level of play appears to be on the rise. As a prospect going back to high school, he was billed to have natural power, which was echoed by his Single-A manager last year. That power is still on display.
Tebow isn’t a typical minor-league prospect. He draws a rock-star reception everywhere he goes, and he’s older than all of the high-upside players; At 30 years-old, Tebow knows he doesn’t have time to waste. If Tebow is going to make the jump to “the show,” it must happen sooner than later.
New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said he believed Tebow has a good chance of eventually making it to the majors.
If Tebow progresses at his current pace, he could be make this general manager look like a prophet.