Tebow Time is heading to Double-A Binghamton.
It was announced on Wednesday that Tim Tebow will open this season with the Mets' Double-A affiliate.
"I'm excited to take the next step in my baseball career by playing for the Rumble Ponies," Tebow said. "I look forward to getting to play in front of the Binghamton fans and around the Eastern League."
Mets GM Sandy Alderson said last month that he expects Tebow to play in the major leagues.
"Somebody asked me whether I think he'll be a major-league player at some point," Alderson said. "I think he will play in the major leagues. That's my guess, that's my hope, and to some extent now after a year and a half, a modest expectation."
Tebow, 30, was invited to Mets spring training after splitting time between Single-A Columbus and Single-A St. Lucie last season. And Alderson said Tebow had made meaningful progress and that the decision to bring him to major league camp could accelerate his development.
Tebow lost 12 pounds during the offseason as he transitioned into a workout routine better fit for baseball. He also worked on his swing and said it is now freer and more aggressive than before.
He started his season last year with the Single-A Columbus before being promoted to St. Lucie on June 26. In 126 games last season, Tebow hit .226 with eight home runs and 52 RBI. His batting average climbed from .220 during his stint with Columbus to .231 when he played for St. Lucie.