In nine at bats, Mets OF Tim Tebow is hitless with three strikeouts during the Arizona Fall League.
He went 0-for-3 with a walk, two strikeouts and a run scored Thursday as the designated hitter for the Scottsdale Scorpions, who lost, 5-2, to the Peoria Javelinas.
The only balls he has put in play have been ground outs to the right side of the infield.
"This is a process. ... I'm getting adjusted. I need to get back into the rhythm," said Tebow, who signed with the Mets for $100,000 in September after having not played baseball since high school in 2005. "I was a little late on a couple of fastballs I could have done something with."
Scottsdale manager and Mets first base coach Tom Goodwin said Tebow is making progress.
"It's slowly but surely coming along," Goodwin said, according to multiple reports. "He's missing pitches that he should hit. He's rolling over them right now. That's going to happen, because you're anxious up there. You want to hit the ball. So, you go out and get it instead of letting it travel a little deeper. Every time he comes out and plays, I would expect him to get better at that."
Tebow runs for a fly ball in the fifth inning during an Arizona Fall League game (Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Nevertheless, despite Goodwin's outlook, ESPN.com's Keith Law still believes Tebow is more suited for an Arizona high school league, not MLB's Fall League.
"Tebow the baseball player is not a baseball player," Law writes, after watching Tebow in Arizona. "He's a washed-up quarterback who has size and nothing else. His swing is long, and he wields the bat like someone who hasn't played the sport in more than a decade, which he hasn't. ... Everyone involved in the decision should be embarrassed when they're done counting their money."
The Scorpions are comprised of minor leaguers from the Mets, Yankees, Phillies, Angels and Giants.
"I think it'll give me a great idea of where I'm at," Tebow said of the AFL, according to MLB.com. "It'll be very competitive. You're facing a lot of guys that are going to be at the highest level very soon."
According to MLB.com, 21 of baseball's top 100 prospects will play in the AFL.