According Mike Puma of the New York Post, the New York Mets are discussing promoting Columbia Fireflies outfielder Tim Tebow. The next level up for Tebow would be the Mets Advanced-A affiliate, the St. Lucie Mets.
The promotion would come after the South Atlantic League All-Star game on June 20, which the Fireflies are hosting at their beautiful Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, South Carolina.
Tebow, 29, is hitting .250/.330/.370 with four doubles, one triple, two home runs and 11 RBI. He has 29 strikeouts in 28 games and has played 18 games in left field with one error. The league average OPS for the SAL is currently .649 (Tebow at .700).
The former quarterback has looked better at the plate recently slashing .327/.413/.436 over his last 16 games.
Promoting Tebow to the St. Lucie Mets would certainly be a boost to attendance at First Data Field where he helped draw big crowds for the Instructional League. The Fireflies reported a boost of 36% in their April attendance with Tebow as the driving force behind the large increase.
The Fireflies led the SAL with an average of 5,103 fans per game in the month of April. Tebow has also boosted the attendance of road games by 92% according to a report by J.J. Cooper from Baseball America.