You didn’t think we were done covering Tim Tebow did you?
If you need to catch up to speed, former Heisman Award winner is now playing professional baseball. He is playing for the Single-A affiliate of the New York Mets, the Columbia Fireflies, where he’s already smacked two home runs. He’s also become a leader players look up to, which you can read more about here.
He’s slashing a .218/.283/.364 line, so beyond that strong outing during the Opening Week, there’s nothing too exciting about how he’s playing.
So what’s it like to pitch to Tebow? Well, we finally know.
Bleacher Report’s Joon Lee spoke to minor-league pitcher Matt Solter after he faced Tebow during the first week of the season.
The 23-year-old struck Tebow out twice and had given up two groundballs, though he did admit it’s intimidating to face Tebow.
“I think anybody would be lying if they said they didn’t at least acknowledge it a little bit. That’s part of the pre-pitch,” Solter says. “You clear it and, as cliche as it sounds, you attack him like any other batter and see how he reacts to different pitches and adjust accordingly to make some pitches and get an out.”
Solter also said there wasn’t much of a scouting report on Tebow despite all of the media attention that was placed on the 29-year-old. He also said Tebow obviously has power, but outside of that, there wasn’t much on him.
Lee also spoke to his teammate Domenic Mazza, who gave up Tebow’s first home run.
“We were trying to establish in, but Tebow was able to hit a pretty well-located inside fastball off of my teammate,” Mazza says. “I would still, as a left-handed pitcher, try to expand off the plate with the breaking ball away.”
Tebow does not seem “overmatched” in regards to his competition according to Solter and “had a really good feel for the strike zone.”
Seems he’s fitting in well.