Mets prospect / Heisman winner /
American’s eldest virgin Tim Tebow is currently showcasing his (dubious) skill-set for the Arizona Fall League’s Scottsdale Scorpions and ESPN baseball columnist Keith Law, perhaps echoing the sentiments of longtime CSTB contributor The Randy L., declares, “chasing celebrities is no way to run a player-development department, an organization or a league.”
Tebow the baseball player is not a baseball player; he’s a washed-up quarterback who has size and nothing else. His swing is long, and he wields the bat like someone who hasn’t played the sport in more than a decade, which he hasn’t. He can’t catch up to 90 mph, which is well below the major league average for a fastball, and was cutting through fastballs in the zone on Wednesday night. He rolled over twice on fastballs, which is something you generally see professional hitters do only on off-speed stuff, and he showed below-average running speed. In left field, his routes look like those of a wide receiver, although he managed to eventually make his way around to a fly ball in left.
But other than that, he’s doing just fine!