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Tebow Faces Long Odds of Reaching Majors

Tebow Faces Long Odds of Reaching Majors - Bovada Sportsbook

Tim Tebow continued to defy his naysayers on Wednesday by hitting a two-run home run in his first day with the Class A  Advanced St. Lucie Mets, but the former Heisman Trophy winner and current New York Mets prospect remains a distant +1200 bet to make an MLB plate appearance in 2017.

With this week’s promotion by the Mets, Tebow makes his return to Florida, where he led the University of Florida Gators to a pair of college football national championships before being selected by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Tebow went on to play 35 NFL games with the Broncos and New York Jets between 2010 and 2012, and raised eyebrows with his announcement last summer of his intention to play professional baseball.

The 29-year-old appeared in 64 games this season with the Class A Columbus Fireflies of the South Atlantic League before getting promoted to St. Lucie.

Tebow began his first pro baseball season with a four-game hit streak before quickly cooling off at the plate with his batting average dipping as low as .156. However, he showed steady improvement as the calendar turned to June, lifting his batting average into the .220’s, and his on-base percentage to a more respectable .311.

Tebow struck out on three pitches in his first plate appearance with St. Lucie, but found his groove in the second half of Wednesday’s doubleheader against the visiting Palm Beach Cardinals, going 2-for-3, including his fourth home run of the season, to go along with two RBIs in the Mets’ 5-3 loss to the Cardinals.

 

Small List of NFL-MLB Crossover Players

If he is successful in reaching the majors, the three-time All-American would join an exclusive list of former NFL players who also played Major League Baseball, including Deion Sanders and the legendary Bo Jackson, who both played in the MLB and NFL simultaneously. Former Atlanta Falcons safety Brian Jordan also played over 1,400 games with four clubs during a 14-year MLB career after spending three years in the NFL.

However, Tebow faces a long road ahead before fulfilling his dream of becoming an MLB regular. The Class AA Binghamton Rumble Ponies would likely be the next stop if he meets the Mets’ expectations, but Tebow will face intense competition for playing time in St. Lucie, where he will play alongside two of the Mets’ top prospects, Desmond Lindsey and Wuilmer Becerra. He sports +200 odds of making a AA plate appearance in 2017.

The Las Vegas 51’s, New York’s AAA farm club, have struggled throughout the current Pacific Coast League campaign, and currently sit dead last in the Pacific Southern Division standings. Despite Las Vegas’ obvious need for immediate help, Tebow remains a +700 longshot to make a AAA plate appearance this season.

 

*Odds as of June 29, 2017

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