Tim Tebow has been playing with the St. Lucie Mets for less than a month — a very small sample size to analyze a baseball player — but the early returns are impressive.
After hitting .220/.311/.336 in 64 games at low-A Columbia, the 29-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner is batting .306/.390/.514 with the Mets heading into Thursday night’s game against the Jupiter Hammerheads.
Typically, it’s strange to see any minor leaguer hit almost 90 percentage points higher against a higher level of competition. But, as is the case with many Tebow-related situations, there’s more to it than meets the eye.
Until 10 months ago, Tebow hadn’t played in a competitive baseball game since his junior year of high school. Since signing with the Mets in September, Tebow had a crash course in the game.
The repetition of playing every day is allowing him to feel more at ease in the batter’s box.
“I think I’m more comfortable seeing more pitches,” Tebow said Thursday in an exclusive interview with TCPalm. “Playing baseball for longer, I think that helps. Also (hitting coach) Luis (Natera) and (manager) Chad (Kreuter), getting to work with them every day and just what we’re doing out there — taking pitches, seeing, tracking. I feel more comfortable with my swing, feel more comfortable with my game plan I’m having against pitchers and then just playing more baseball helps, too.
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Source: TC Palm