New York Mets prospect Tim Tebow just did it again.
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 on Thursday night, during a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Tebow showed off what he can do once more.
Tebow came up to bat in the bottom of the second inning with two men on base.
He got a 1-0 fastball from Fisher Cats starter Jon Harris, and crushed it to left for an opposite-field three-run homer.
Unsurprisingly, the crowd of about 1,400 people went wild.
It was Tebow’s only hit of the day — he went 1-for-4 overall — but Rumble Ponies manager Luis Rojas was happy with what he saw from the outfielder.
“That’s what we want,” Rojas said after the game, according to the Binghamton Press Connects. “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.”
Tebow has had trouble making contact thus far in 2018, with 38 strikeouts in 74 at-bats. But when he does make contact, he’s 17-for-36.
“Him getting ready early and being able to make contact, he’s going to get results like that one,” Rojas said.
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.
“Just have to do it more often.”
For the season, Tebow is now hitting .230 with the aforementioned two home runs and 11 runs batted in. He also has five doubles and a triple.
Tebow might not be having a particularly strong campaign from a statistical standpoint, but at least on Thursday, he silenced all the critics.
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