Mets send­ing Tebow to Ari­zona Fall League for top prospects

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Tim Tebow will test his base­ball skills against some of the game’s premier prospects.

The New York Mets say they are send­ing Tebow to the Ari­zona Fall League af­ter cut­ting short their in­struc­tional league Tues­day be­cause Florida Gover­nor Rick Scott has de­clared a state of emer­gency with Hur­ri­cane Matthew ap­proach­ing.

Tebow, the for­mer NFL quar­ter­back and 2007 Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner, is sched­uled to re­port Sun­day and play for the Scotts­dale Scor­pi­ons. Open­ing day is next Tues­day in the Ari­zona Fall League, a com­pet­i­tive prov­ing ground and devel­op­ment op­por­tu­nity for promis­ing mi­nor lea­guers. Among his team­mates will be Yan­kees first base­man Greg Bird, who hit 11 ma­jor league homers last year.

Tebow em­barked on a pro­fes­sional base­ball ca­reer last month when he signed a mi­nor league con­tract with the Mets.

The 29-year-old out­fielder was sent to their in­struc­tional league in Port St. Lu­cie, Florida, and home­red on the first pitch he saw in a com­pet­i­tive game.

LUIS M. AL­VAREZ — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

The New York Mets say they are send­ing Tebow to the Ari­zona Fall League af­ter cut­ting short their in­struc­tional league Tues­day be­cause Florida Gov. Rick Scott has de­clared a state of emer­gency with Hur­ri­cane Matthew ap­proach­ing.

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