Tebow shows pop, speed in workout
Tim Tebow crushed a battingpractice fastball with a confident left-handed swing, sending it into the trees next to the scoreboard beyond right field.
The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback only paused an instant to appreciate his shot, and then he went right back to work on the unlikely next chapter in his unique athletic story.
Tebow took his first big swings at a baseball career, showing off a powerful bat and other developing skills during a workout at USC’s Dedeaux Field in front of dozens of major-league scouts and reporters.
Tebow insists he is serious about becoming more than a baseball curiosity.
“The goal would be to have a career in the big leagues,” Tebow said. “I just want to be someone to pursue what I believe in, what I’m passionate about. A lot of people will say, ‘But what if you fail? What if you don’t make it?’ Guess what? I don’t have to live with regret. I did everything I could. I pushed it. I would rather be someone that could live with peace and no regret.”
Tebow’s heavily muscled, 255pound physique and 6.70-ish time in the 60-yard dash were impressive to the scouts. He also showed hitting ability with a series of line drives and long homers during batting practice.
But Tebow also showed he still needs work when he faced live pitching from former big-leaguers David Aardsma and Chad Smith, who repeatedly fooled him with off-speed pitches. Tebow could only grin in frustration after he fanned on a series of changeups and breaking balls.
Tebow hasn’t played baseball since his junior year at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Fla., where he batted .494. He left early to enroll at Florida and begin his college football career.
Tebow said he realizes he is still far from the big leagues, but hopes to play in the instructional league in Arizona next month before heading into winterleague ball.