Te­bow shows pop, speed in work­out

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL -

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.

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