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Tim Tebow starting to rebound after horrible start in Double-A?

Sportress of Blogitude logoSportress of Blogitude 4/20/2018 Jason Rowan
Tim Tebow wearing a hat © Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Despite a mostly inauspicious, sometimes ugly debut in Double-A ball, is it possible that Tim Tebow might be turning it around after his initial struggles?

After making an appearance in the Mets’ major-league camp in spring training, Tebow started the minor league season with the Binghamaton Rumble Ponies, the team’s Double-A affiliate.

Tebow’s promotion caused some consternation in baseball circles, as the Mets’ motivation for the move was questioned. Although the Mets’ entire Tebow experiment has been derided for the most part.

However, Tebow’s start in Double-A began with a bang, as the glorified 30-year-old prospect hit a three-run homer on the first pitch he saw in Double-A.

Things quickly took a turn for the worse as Tebow went into a horrible slump after going yard in his first game. In his first 15 at-bats over four games, he had two hits and eight strikeouts, posting a .133 average.

Then, Tebow seemed to acclimate to his new surroundings, rattling off a four-game hitting streak, with three of his five hits being doubles.

The surge led to Tebow posting a .241 batting average, a career high. A 1-for-3 outing in the following game got Tebow up to a .250 average. However, an 0-for-4 day at the plate on Thursday dropped Tebow’s average to .222.

Small sample size aside, Tebow has put up a decent stretch, at least by the standards afforded to him by the Mets. He will presumably never reach the big leagues, outside of the Mets possibly using him as a late-season call-up in the interest of a promotional push.

Still, as eager as folks are to mock Tebow when he appears clueless, it’s only fair to give credit when credit is indeed due. Tebow’s recent run of decent at-bats arguably merits some semblance of praise.

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