New York Mets prospect Tim Tebow continues to do the improbable.
Prior to Thursday night, the Heisman Trophy winner-turned-NFL-quarterback-turned-professional baseball player had been quiet at the plate ever since his first at-bat for the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, when he launched a three-run home run.
But during a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Tebow showed off what he can do once more, blasting an opposite-field three-run home run and prompting wild cheers from the crowd of about 1,400 people.
As if that wasn’t enough, Tebow did it again in his very next game on Saturday (Friday’s contest was rained out).
He hit a solo home run, this time off Fisher Cats pitcher Jose Fernandez.
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That sixth-inning homer gave Binghamton a 5-1 lead, though they would end up falling 6-5.
Tebow, for his part, now has a total of three home runs this season with 12 runs batted in.
Though Tebow’s struggled in many ways — he was batting .230 heading into Saturday — Rumble Ponies manager Luis Rojas likes a lot of what he’s seen from the outfielder.
“Some of the things we’ve seen from him is fouling pitches off, pitches he can do damage with. We want to keep his contact between the lines. He’s a guy who’s going to hit the ball with velocity off his bat. He has to give himself a chance to put the ball in play fair,” Rojas said after Thursday’s game, according to the Binghamton Press Connects.
Tebow has had trouble making contact this season, with roughly half his at-bats ending in strikeouts, but when he makes contact, things have gone a lot better.
Tebow did not speak to reporters following Thursday’s game, which the Rumble Ponies won 10-6, but prior to taking the field, he did emphasize the need to be consistent.
“It’s consistency, doing it over time, which is really what baseball is,” he said at a news conference, noting that he is specifically looking for consistency in his swing.
“Head movement, approach, all of those things. When we’ve put it in play, we’ve done some good things,” he added.
Whether or not Tebow makes it to the big-leagues, or even whether he gets promoted to Triple-A, his recent performance has certainly silenced the critics.
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