As first reported by Tim Healy of Newsday, OF Tim Tebow‘s 2019 season with the Triple-A Syracuse Mets has ended after he suffered a deep cut to his left pinky finger which will not heal fast enough for a return this season.
The former NFL quarterback turned minor-league outfield prospect for the Mets hasn’t played due to this injury since July 21st. In Triple-A in 2019 Tebow struggled, in 77 games played Tebow hit .163/.240/.255 for the Syracuse Mets with only 4 home runs and 19 RBI. The 31, soon to be 32-year-old (his birthday is in a few days) signed a minor league contract with the Mets back in 2016 and has found himself moving up in the farm system, reaching Triple-A this year after a strong performance on the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies in 2018 which included a trip to the Eastern League All-Star Game. Tebow’s season last year was also cut early due to injury, in this case, a broken hamate bone in his right hand.
After a successful 2018, there was much buzz around Tebow entering his 2019 season. Check out DJ Eberle for Amazin’ Prospects feature on Tebow’s adjustment to Triple-A, while Alex Zeller, also for Amazin’ Prospects, wrote last year that Tebow should be considered a serious prospect.
In his minor-league career of only 3 seasons, Tebow is slashing .223/.299/.338.
Healy also reports that Tebow is not with the team in Syracuse, or with Port St. Lucie where players normally go when injured but is working out on his own. In the same report, Healy says that the Mets expect Tebow back for his 4th season in 2020.