Tim Tebow hasn’t thrown an official NFL pass since 2012.
Perhaps that’s why the Heisman trophy winner and 2010 first-round NFL draft pick has chosen to pursue a new sport—professional baseball.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Tebow, who will turn 29 on Sunday, will be holding a workout at the end of the month to which all 30 MLB teams will be invited.
The former NFL quarterback and current ESPN broadcaster has reportedly been sharpening his baseball skills for the better part of the past year. He’s attempting to catch on as an outfielder.
Tebow last played organized competitive baseball at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Florida. In his junior season, he batted .494 with four home runs, 30 RBIs and 10 doubles en route to a first-team 4A All-State selection. Because he enrolled early at the University of Florida, he did not play baseball during his senior season.
Photo via the Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Recently, Tebow has been training at Chad Moeller Baseball in Scottsdale, Arizona. The owner of that facility—Chad Moeller—had an 11-year MLB career as a catcher, and he believes Tebow has what it takes to make it to the Bigs.
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“I am beyond impressed with Tim’s athleticism and swing, and it goes without saying that he has shown a high level of discipline and strong work ethic,” Moeller told MLB.com. “I see bat speed and power and real baseball talent. I truly believe Tim has the skill set and potential to achieve his goal of playing in the Major Leagues, and based on what I have seen over the past two months, it could happen relatively quickly.”
In terms of raw athleticism, Tebow would make an imposing baseball player. He has a big, powerful frame, impressive speed and ridiculous explosiveness. A 6-foot-3 outfielder who can run a 4.72 40-Yard Dash and jump a 38.5-inch Vertical Jump could certainly cover a lot of ground.
But does Tebow have the fundamentals, technique and timing he needs to convince an MLB team that he’s worth a spot in their farm system? Even if a team isn’t 100-percent sold on Tebow, someone could take a chance on him to boost their minor league ticket sales.
Stay tuned to STACK for continuing updates on Tebow’s baseball journey.
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