Mets OF prospect Tim Tebow will open the season with the Mets' Low-A affiliate, the Columbia Fireflies.
"Sending him to a full season club is what we hoped to be able to do," Mets GM Sandy Alderson told Newsday. "And based on what he's done in spring training, and his whole body of work since last fall, we feel comfortable with him going to Columbia."
"We were concerned that it might be a stretch at some point, or could be a stretch," Alderson continued. "But what he's done in spring training has convinced us that this is where he should go. And he's prepared for it."
Alderson also said it's a "bogus argument" to claim that Tebow is taking the spot of someone more deserving.
Tebow, who is hitting .235 in six Grapefruit League games, was starting in left field on Monday afternoon against the Tigers.
He was signed by the Mets last summer and played last fall in the Arizona Fall League.