Mets prospect Tim Tebow is an All Star. Seriously.
Tebow, who is hitting .261/.335/.398 with five HR in 67 games this season for Double-A Binghamton, has been named to the Eastern League All-Star Game.
In June, he has a .318/.357/.455 batting line with one home run and 11 RBI. And his stellar month has people clamoring for his promotion to the majors. Among those people is former Yankee Johnny Damon.
"If they want to sell tickets and have someone who knows how to compete to win on any given basis, whether it's on TV, whether it's on the baseball field or the football field, he knows how to win," Damon told TMZ Sports on Thursday at CC Sabathia's charity softball game.
The 30-year-old Tebow, a former Heisman-winning quarterback with the University of Florida who played 35 NFL games with the Broncos and Jets, joined the Mets farm system in 2016, playing in the Arizona Fall League that year and with Low-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. He had a .226 batting average with eight home runs and 52 RBIs in 126 games last season.
But this year, his numbers have increased with each 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.
And in his last 10 games, during which he's faced the Yankees' Double-A affiliate in Trenton and the Rockies' Double-A affiliate in Hartford, Tebow has a .406 average, going 13-for-32 with one home run, nine RBIs and 12 strikeouts.
"He's a tough out right now," Hartford Yard Goats manager Warren Schaeffer told the New York Post's Zach Braziller about Tebow. "We had a really tough time against Tim Tebow. He hits fastballs well. He's a strong kid. His approach has gotten a lot better. He's spitting on pitches now he wasn't early on this year. You can tell he works hard."
In order for the Mets to promote Tebow to the majors, as Damon wishes, they would need to add him to their current 40-man roster.