WATCH: Tebow hits home run on first pitch he sees in first game as pro baseball player

Former football standout turned MLB hopeful Tim Tebow has started his professional baseball career with a bang. He stepped in the batters box for his first ever plate appearance as a player for the Mets in instructional league in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and ...

Boom goes the dynamite (I can still use that, right? Or has the shelf life expired?).

First instructional league at-bat. First pitch. First HOME RUN. @TimTebow, everybody.

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That's a lefty-lefty matchup and Tebow took the fellow Southpaw deep to left-center. The pitcher, 22-year-old former Vanderbilt southpaw Josh Kilichowski, joked he thought Tebow was going to take the first pitch.

Tebow obviously remains a project for the Mets (keep in mind how many levels away from the majors instructional league is), but the one thing we firmly heard from scouts following his open workout was that the power is very real.

Said power was on display in his first at-bat.

Let the overhype train proceed into overdrive and then derail from the polarizing hot takes.

As for the rest of the game, Tebow ended up going 1 for 6. He grounded out three times -- once into a double play -- flied out and lined out. Still, 1 for 6 with a home run isn't terrible.

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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