Tim Tebow may have had a pinch-hit RBI double on Thursday night, but the Mets 31-year-old outfield prospect is struggling mightily this season at the Triple-A level.
He has a slash line of .131/.198/.179 and has no home runs, nine RBI and 34 strikeouts. Tebow's wRC+ (weighted runs created adjusted for ballpark) is -4, which is dead last of the 908 qualified hitters throughout all levels of the minor leagues on FanGraphs.
"It's very difficult right now, some of the pitching that's coming at him," Syracuse Mets manager Tony DeFrancesco told the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin on Sunday. "He hadn't seen much of that at Double-A last year. Guys are pounding him in and he has to learn how to make adjustments."
Prior to the season, Tebow was approached by the now-defunct AAF and also the XFL about a potential return to football but decided he would stick to chasing his goal of reaching the major leagues.
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen, who previously represented Tebow, hinted that Tebow could reach the majors this season if he plays well.
At this rate, Tebow looks more likely to be playing in the XFL than the majors.