Hot Take: Evaluating Tim Tebow’s Arizona Fall League
The Arizona Fall League is set to end this week and that means the end of the Tim Tebow experiment, at least in Arizona. So how did the most popular non-baseball player perform?
The final batting line: .194/.296/.242 in 70 plate appearances in 19 games. He hit three doubles and no homers. He walked eight times. He struck out 20 times. Those numbers are atrocious if you look at the fact that none of the players playing in the league are full-time major leaguers, yet. The biggest concern, however, is that the one thing scouts said he really had going for him — his power — was non-existent in Arizona. An improved batting eye was encouraging, but if you can’t use that eye to pick your spots to deploy your home run swing, it’s not worth a ton.
Now to be fair to Tebow, the sample size at the AFL isn’t large enough to make a fair assumption on Tebow the baseball player. That’s the job of the hundreds of scouts in attendance at every game. So what did the scouts think? I wrote a piece after Tebow’s first few games and what the scouts though then, and to be honest, not much has changed.
“Stinks,” said one from the NL.
“Awful,” said one AL scout.
“Ugly,” said another executive. “In the field and at the plate, nothing looks natural.”
Whoa, not good. The biggest question now is what the Mets do with Tebow. He says he is still committed to playing. Sandy Alderson sounds like he’s still committed to the Tebow experiment. I’d assume a rookie league team is the place to be in 2017, but we’ll see in the spring.
What do you think about Tim Tebow the baseball player? Will we ever see him in the majors? Let me know in the comments below….
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