Tim Tebow’s baseball odyssey will continue in South Carolina with the Columbia Fireflies, the Mets’ low Class-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, where he will play every day as he attempts his transition from quarterback to corner outfielder. “Sending him to a full season club is what we hoped to be able to do,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told Newsday on Monday. “And based on what he’s done in spring training, and his whole body of work since last fall, we feel comfortable with him going to Columbia.” The Mets have been consistent in saying that Tebow’s development is tied to playing in as many games possible. Not long after instructional league, he was sent to the Arizona Fall League, even though Alderson said Mets knew he’d be “somewhat overmatched, especially early on.” It’s also why Alderson said Tebow likely would have been sent to low-A Columbia had he looked overmatched in spring training, with live game action continuing to be the priority. But Tebow is hitting .235 in spring training, hardly the stuff of a big-time prospect but far from looking completely lost at the plate. He started in leftfield for the Mets on Monday against the Tigers, his eighth big league game of the spring.
Tim Tebow to be assigned to Columbia Fireflies, Mets’ low-A affiliate
Newsday | Mar 20