Tim Tebow to report to Arizona Fall League, will face his toughest baseball test yet

One of the most famous farmhands in MiLB history is about to face a pretty big test, as the Mets made the following announcement Tuesday regarding former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow:

Tebow went 4 for 14 (.286) with a home run in instructionals and now the competition takes a big step up. While instructional leagues are peppered with teenagers, players rehabbing injuries and those from the lowest levels of the minors, the Arizona Fall League is stiff competition.

For those unfamiliar, the AFL fields some of the top prospects in baseball. Most are Double-A and Triple-A level players. Each team sends six players and can use up to two from lower levels than Double-A (hence Tebow's eligibility for inclusion). That leaves six teams of 30 players to take part in the action for the month of October.

Some recent past AFL MVPs are Nolan Arenado, Dustin Ackley, Greg Bird and Kris Bryant.

Put simply: There's a distinct possibility that Tebow will be a bit over his head here. If that's the case, by no means does that mean he's a lost cause. It's still early in his baseball career. If he does succeed, however, it will be incredibly impressive. Some of the players he'll be facing could be in the majors as soon as next season.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered every World Series since 2010. The former Indiana University baseball player now lives on the... Full Bio

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