The Tim Tebow experiment is quickly turning into the Tim Tebow experience. The guy is absolutely on fire of late and, last night his baseball legend, such as it is, grew larger.
Tebow hit a solo walkoff homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to give his Class-A St. Lucie Mets a dramatic comeback victory over the Daytona Tortugas. (this was part of a doubleheader, so the game was only seven innings long per minor league rules). Watch:
The homer gave Tebow an 11-game hitting streak. He’s now batting .327 with three homers and 10 RBI in 16 games since being promoted to the Florida State League.
When this all started, everyone — myself included — assumed that Tebow would be overmatched in the minors. He’s had his ups and downs, of course, and his age likely still precludes him from being a legitimate prospect, but he has not been overmatched.
Most experts say that the biggest test of any minor leaguer is making the jump from A-ball to Double-A. It’ll be interesting to see if the Mets give Tebow that chance with a callup to Binghamton in the near future. Heck, it’ll be interesting to see if, given his performance and given the Mets’ disappointing season, he gets called up to New York when rosters expand in September.
The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.
Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”
Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.
Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.