Tim Tebow has become quite the spring training veteran for the Mets.
The previous Heisman Trophy winner’s third camp since launching his baseball career will start with the rest of the Mets’ major league hopefuls one month from now. On Thursday, the team announced Tebow was among 13 additional players invited to major league spring training.
Tebow, 31, spent last season at Double-A Binghamton yet missed the final month of the season with a fractured hamate bone in his correct hand. In 84 games, he slashed .273/.336/.399 with six homers and 36 RBIs and was selected to the Eastern League All-Star team.
Tebow was in major league spring training last year for the Mets, but his playing time was curtailed due to a sprained left lower ankle sustained early in camp when he discovered an outfield sprinkler.
A season prior, he was in minor league camp yet showed up in Grapefruit League games for the team.
It’s expected that Tebow will start the season at Triple-A Syracuse. His chances of a major league call-up in 2019 could be supported by the way that his former agent with CAA, Brodie Van Wagenen, is currently general manager.
Peter Alonso, Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay and David Peterson headline the other new invitees to major league camp. Joining that group are P.J. Colon, Patrick Mazeika, Colton Plaia, Ryder Ryan, Ali Sanchez, Corey Taylor, Josh Torres and Stephen.