Tim Tebow spring training PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – SEPTEMBER 20: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Mets works out at an instructional league day at Tradition Field on September 20, 2016 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

What happens when you bat .222 with a .651 OPS at Class A, while being seven and a half years older than the average player in the league?

If you’re Tim Tebow, you get promoted.

Yes, Tebow is moving up in the baseball world, from A to High-A. He “earned” this promotion by ranking eighth on the Columbia Fireflies in average and OPS while hitting only three home runs and leading the team in strikeouts.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson’s explanation of the promotion included reference to Tebow’s home OPS (so what?), acknowledgment that “it’s not like he’s tearing up the lead” (uh huh), and reference to his “positive” marks in metrics like chase rate and exit velocity (suuuure).

We can see how unqualified Tebow is for promotion by comparing him to three other players the Mets promoted from Columbia to St. Lucie this week:

Merandy Gonzalez, SP: 69 2/3 innings, 65 Ks, 1.55 ERA, age 21
Jordan Humphreys, SP: 69 2/3 innings, 80 Ks, 1.42 ERA, age 21
Michael Paez, IF: 263 PAs, .290/.376/.509, eight home runs, 43 RBIs, age 22
Tim Tebow, OF: 241 PAs, .222/.306/.340, three home runs, 22 RBIs, age 29

Sure looks like they promoted three dudes who’ve dominated the league and one who’s been a below-average player by any measure.

Tebow’s promotion affirms the belief that the Mets simply view the former football player as a publicity machine and figured that if the fans in Columbia had gotten their fill, they might as well move Tebowmania to St. Lucie.

Tebow remains three steps away from the Majors, so maybe we should hold our outrage, but there’s certainly something maddening about how this guy continues to fail upward.

About Alex Putterman

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