On Sunday afternoon, quarterback-turned-outfielder Tim Tebow wrapped up his first full minor-league season as a member of the New York Mets organization. His team, the St. Lucie Mets (Advanced Class A), closed out their regular season with a victory against the Palm Beach Cardinals (SLM 4, PLM 3). At 63-75, St. Lucie did not qualify for the Florida State League postseason.
Tebow went 0 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout Sunday, giving him a .226/.309/.347 batting line in 126 total games this season. He split the season between St. Lucie and the Class A Columbia Fireflies. Here's the breakdown of his season:
Tebow did lower his strikeout rate after being promoted, so that's encouraging. Once you adjust for the league offensive environment, Tebow was approximately 8 percent worse than league average with Columbia and 3 percent worse than average with St. Lucie.
No, being a below league-average hitting corner outfielder is not good, but considering Tebow had not played baseball competitively since high school a decade ago, it's pretty impressive he was able to do what he did this season. Hitting .226 with a not outrageous strikeout rate across 126 games is quite an accomplishment.
. The Mets did not assign him to the Arizona Fall League, though it is possible he will get a September callup. Either way, Tebow said he intends to return to the Mets organization next season, and they could very well bump him up to Double-A.