Tebow, the former Heisman-winning quarterback who's now a Mets minor-league outfielder, has been invited to participate in the team's big-league spring training beginning next month, the club announced on Thursday.
It's the second consecutive spring that Tebow has received an invitation. In 2018 he struggled to take advantage of his opportunity, going just 1-for-18 with 11 strikeouts before being demoted.
The 31-year-old played at Double-A in 2018, showing progress while slashing .273/.336/.399 with six homers, 14 doubles, and 36 RBIs in 298 plate appearances, and that production earned him a spot in the Eastern League All-Star Game. Unfortunately, his breakout season ended in July when he broke a bone in his hand.
Barring an eye-opening performance in spring training, Tebow will likely be playing with the Mets' Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse to open his third season as a professional baseball player, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
However, the Mets seem to think Tebow could make an impact in the majors soon. Last month, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen (who was Tebow's agent until taking the Mets' GM job) said the one-time NFL star is just "one step away" from the big leagues.
In addition to Tebow, the Mets also invited 12 other prospects to big-league camp, including top young talents Peter Alonso and Andres Gimenez.