PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (CBSNewYork) — Tim Tebow is graduating to the Arizona Fall League.
The 29-year-old Mets prospect will report Sunday to the Scottsdale Scorpions, the Mets announced Tuesday. The Mets were forced to wrap up their instructional league early after Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency related to Hurricane Matthew.
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“We want Tim to play in more games to continue developing his skills on the field while facing advanced competition,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said in a news release.
“Working in the instructional league has been a lot of fun and productive,” said Tebow, a Heisman Trophy winner and former Broncos and Jets quarterback. “We worked hard and I was able to see a lot of pitches and work on different things. There was great coaching and I tried to improve every day. I plan to use the Fall League as an opportunity to improve. It’s a blessing and a great opportunity.”
Seeking a second act to his professional sports career, Tebow worked out for scouts in Los Angeles in August. The Mets then signed him to a deal that included a $100,000 bonus.
In his instructional league debut last week against the Cardinals, Tebow homered on the first pitch he faced.
The Scorpions are the shared affiliate of the Mets, Angels, Yankees, Phillies and Giants. They will be managed by Mets first-base coach Tom Goodwin after his responsibilities with the big league club end for the season.