Mets minor-league OF and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow had two hits Wednesday against the Marlins, raising his Grapefruit League average to .214 during 14 at bats.
Tebow also made a leaping catch in right field, drawing praise from Marlins manager Don Mattingly.
"He's getting better," Mets manager Terry Collins added. "That was the point. That's why he's here -- to see if he can make some strides -- and he's made very good strides."
With big-league players soon returning to St. Lucie from the World Baseball Classic, and with games beginning in minor-league camp, Collins said Wednesday was most likely Tebow's final Grapefruit League game.
Mar 13, 2017; Tebow (left) talks with Curtis Granderson (right) at First Data Field. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
"I feel like I'm improving," Tebow said after the game. "I feel like I'm getting better every day, getting more and more comfortable, and also really enjoying it at the same time. ... It's been super fun and enjoyable, and a big adjustment. But at the same time, I feel like I've been learning every day and taking something new every day."
"I'm trying to make the most of it as far as a learning opportunity - learn from as many of the guys, as many of the coaches, as possible and try to absorb as much knowledge as possible."
Tebow signed a $100,000 contract with the Mets last year. He hit .194 with no home runs and 20 strikeouts in 19 games in the Arizona Fall League in October.
He is expected to compete in minor-league camp for role in the organization's farm system, likely beginning his professional career with their Low-A affiliate in Columbia, S.C.