Mets prospect Tim Tebow has had himself quite the month of June.
The former NFL quarterback turned baseball player has enjoyed success at the plate, with his June slash line at .318/.357/.455 entering Friday night. His success has even earned him a Double-A All-Star Game bid as well as some wanting him to get the call to the big leagues, including former Yankee Johnny Damon.
Though Tebow admitted it's a great honor to be given the nod to his first All-Star Game, he knows there is still work that needs to be done to reach the ultimate goal: Making it to the bigs.
"It definitely is something that's special. It means a lot," he said before his Binghamton Rumble Ponies played in Portland on Friday night. "But I think there's a lot of guys on our team that have great seasons and the other guys that are going I think deserve it. But I think there's a lot of guys that are good on our team and I'm grateful I have the opportunity."
Tebow's production this season has seen improvement by the month. In April, he had a .226 average and .653 OPS with one home run and eight RBIs. He followed that by hitting .241 with three home runs, 11 RBIs and a .731 OPS in May.
So what does he attribute to his success? Tebow wouldn't say anything specific, but he admitted adjustments have been made to keep him "in sync" at the dish.
"Yeah, there were several specific adjustments that we made that really made a difference for me," he said. "A little fundamental techniques that you just change tha all of a sudden your bat path is way different. Instead of fouling them off, now you're doing more damage. So there was a few things that we adjusted that pretty quickly made differences."
So, in just two years, Tebow has already made an All-Star team, and rumblings of calling him up to the Mets have already come to light. The 30-year-old may be honored to have such conversations take place, but he knows more work needs to get done before a call-up to the bigs is warranted.
"I honestly don't read too much into it," he said when asked if the All-Star Game nod was a sign he's getting close to the Majors. "It's a great honor and it means a lot. But for me, it's just the next day. We're getting ready to go in the cage and go to work and it's no different than any other day. I got to continue the process and I'm not where I want to be. I feel like I'm getting closer and taking steps there but I got a long way to go."
Tebow will showcase his skills close to New York as the Double-A All-Star Game will be hosted by the Trenton Thunder.