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Tim Tebow is raking in high A-ball, hits a walkoff homer


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.

Reds claim Kennys Vargas off waivers from Twins

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The Twins’ Dustin Morse announced on Thursday that the Reds claimed first baseman Kennys Vargas off waivers. The Twins had designated him for assignment last Friday.

Vargas was a man without a spot on the Twins’ roster as he has only played first base and DH, but the club has Joe Mauer and Logan Morrison for those spots. The Reds aren’t much better as Joey Votto lays claim to first base and there is no DH in the National League. Vargas switch-hits and has some power, so he will presumably provide that off the bench for the Reds.

Across parts of four seasons in the majors, Vargas has hit .252/.311/.437 with 35 home runs and 116 RBI in 859 plate appearances.