The most famous minor leaguer in baseball learned where he will play baseball to start the upcoming season today. New York Mets' outfielder Tim Tebow, who is more well known for his days as an NFL quarterback, will be assigned to the Low-A Columbia Fireflies to start the year, Marc Carig of Newsday reports. The assignment to Columbia was eyed from the beginning for Tebow according to Mets' General Manager Sandy Alderson, who told reporters that the organization's goal was to get Tebow a chance to play as much as possible. The Fireflies play in a full season league, giving Tebow plenty of opportunities to work on his game and develop.
The Mets have used Tebow in eight spring training games this season, including a start against the Detroit Tigers this afternoon. Tebow hasn't been spectacular, hitting .235 over his first seven games, but he hasn't looked overmatched either. That is particularly impressive since Tebow hadn't played organized baseball since high school prior to his late season run in the Instructional League and Arizona Fall League a year ago. Alderson also dismissed concerns that Tebow was a publicity stunt taking away a roster spot from a legitimate minor leaguer, noting that the Mets have plenty of roster spots in the minor leagues and fill many of them with "organizational players". Tebow may not be a top prospect, but he has improved significantly since his time in the organization and the Mets are clearly curious to see how he fares in a full season of action.
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