Mets prospect Tim Tebow is always a hot commodity in Port St. Lucie. But, while the past two seasons he didn't have a shot at breaking camp with the Mets, things feel different now for the 31-year-old.
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said earlier this offseason that Tebow has a shot at making the Majors this season, making this Spring Training critical for him. Tebow will likely start the season in Triple-A Syracuse Van Wagenen pointed out, but this will be the first step to proving he is worth a call-up this season.
"Use this Spring Training as a time really get a lot better and improve and making strides because this will be sort of the biggest Spring Training for me," Tebow said. "Before, I didn't know what I was doing, it was my first time. Then last year, I didn't play one snap of -- one snap -- one pitch of outfield. I only took a few at-bats and most of those I probably took steps back because I was trying to do it with bad form and pain."
Looks like Tebow hasn't fully transitioned from his broadcasting role with ESPN for college football this past season, but Spring Training is there to work out the kinks.
Back to baseball, though, Tebow noted last year being the season where he got a true feel at the plate. And it showed when he hit .273 with six homers and 46 RBI in Double-A before suffering a hammate injury in his right hand that required surgery to repair.
He's looking to replicate that feeling this spring and throughout the season.
"You still have to get that feel, that rhythm and the timing and that was something I felt like I got a lot at the end of last year," Tebow said. "And then when I had that it was so much easier to make the adjustments off of it. Those were two areas I felt a lot more comfortable.
If Tebow does get the call to wear the blue and orange in Flushing, does that mean his journey from ex-NFL quarterback to MLB player is complete? Not quite.
"This journey isn't defined by just getting there," Tebow explained. "Shoot, I've already enjoyed it enough to say it's worth it -- the whole process. Would that be awesome? Of course it would. It's such an amazing thing and it would be so enjoyable. But, at the same time, regardless of what happens I know I'll enjoy it everyday and I think that's the biggest thing for me."