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Tim Tebow records first hit at Arizona Fall League

21 SEP 2016: Former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Tim Tebow works out during the Florida Instructional League (FIL) workout at the Tradition Field Minor League Complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire)
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New York Mets’ farmhand Tim Tebow singled in the fourth inning of Tuesday’s game at the Arizona Fall League between the Scottsdale Scorpions and the Mesa Solar Sox.

The hit, which went to left field off of Chicago Cubs minor league pitcher Duane Underwood, was Tebow’s first of the AFL. He had looked overmatched previously, going 0-for-13 with six strikeouts through his first four-plus games. Tebow manned the designated hitter spot on Tuesday.

The Mets’ decision to include Tebow in their Arizona Fall League plans was a bit of a surprise considering it is typically designated for high-end prospects. He enjoyed a bit of success at the plate while previously playing for the Mets in the instructional league, even homering on the first pitch he saw in his first plate appearance. The AFL, of course, is a different level of competition altogether.

New York signed Tebow to a contract after he held a tryout in front of several Major League teams in Los Angeles back on August 31. He had last played competitive baseball as a junior in high school back in 2004 when he hit .494 for Nease High School in Florida. He quit baseball in order to focus on football. He went on to win two national championships as a quarterback with the University of Florida and took home the Heisman Trophy in 2007.

Tebow was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2010 draft before quickly flaming out. He also played a season with the New York Jets and spent time in training camp with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. He currently still holds a broadcasting position with ESPN’s SEC Network.

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