MESA, Ariz. — It took 14 at-bats, but Tim Tebow collected his first Arizona Fall League hit on Tuesday afternoon.
Facing Cubs pitching prospect Duane Underwood Jr., Tebow took a fastball for ball one, then sent the second pitch of his second at-bat — an 88-mph offering — into left field for a solid single with one out in the fourth inning. He went to third on Phillies outfielder Aaron Brown’s double, but was stranded there.
— Jonathan Mayo (@JonathanMayo) October 18, 2016
In his previous at-bat against Underwood, Tebow, serving as the designated hitter for the Scottsdale Scorpions, took a breaking ball for a called strike three. Prior to the hit, the former Heisman Trophy winner had gone 0-for-13 with six strikeouts and hadn’t hit a ball out of the infield.
The Mets signed Tebow to a minor league deal on September 8, giving the former quarterback $100,000 to give baseball a try. The left-handed hitter homered on the first pitch he saw during instructional league play. He was assigned to the AFL to see how he would fare against stiffer competition and has struggled, hitting ground balls to first and second base when he was making contact.
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