Tim Tebow is slated to start in Double-A, MLB.com reported Monday, putting him a one step away from Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets have advanced Tebow, 30, quickly through their system, which means that the former football player could make an appearance with the 51s this season if he performs well at Double-A.
In his first season in the minors, Tebow slashed a combined .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and 52 RBIs in 126 games between Class-A Columbia and Class-A Advanced St. Lucie. He also struck out 126 times in 486 plate appearances.
Tebow went just 1-for-18 (.056) in seven Grapefruit League games this spring, though he was battling an ankle injury.
In February, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters he thinks that Tebow “will play in the major leagues.”
“He’s been super for us in the first year-plus,” Alderson told reporters. “He’s made progress on the field and he’s dedicated himself to improving. He has spent a lot of time in the offseason working with hitting coaches.”