Tim Tebow to be assigned by Mets to Class A Columbia Fireflies

Tim Tebow heading to Mets' Class A team: Columbia Fireflies

"We expect this to add to the energy at Spirit Communications Park and around downtown Columbia".

The Fireflies open the season at home on April 6 against Augusta (Ga.), beginning a seven-game homestand.

"I'm still too young and too new at the process", Tebow said. "You don't get athletes that have a broad appeal from some many demographics". Tebow's stop in SC, will be his first major stepping stone to making his dream of becoming a major leaguer come true. "For him to be able to go out and chase his dreams playing minor league is awesome".

"No one works harder than Tim did this spring", Collins said.

Columbia competes in the South Atlantic League, and the average age of pitchers in the league a year ago was 22.

"Just having a chance to go out and compete", Tebow said.

The Greenville Drive, the Boston Red Sox affiliate in the South Atlantic League, also threw some major shade Tebow's way.

The Heisman Trophy victor and former National Football League quarterback went 4-for-17 with the big leaguers, including one two-hit game. The Mets signed him, to much ridicule in the industry, last September.

Who knows if Tebow will be able to hang at the Single-A level - he's hitting.235 in spring training as of Monday - but at least he'll generate plenty of buzz in Columbia. The 29-year-old finished 4-for-14 (.286) at the plate in those three games with two walks. Tebow is not a legitimate prospect, but he does appear to have made strides since struggling in the Arizona Fall League against some of the best prospects in baseball. Though not given an invite to major league spring training, Tebow has been over to the major league side frequently.

The Mets have been consistent in saying that Tebow's development is tied to playing in as many games possible.

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