Not many prospects who bat .163 at Triple-A get invited to spring training, but not many of them are named Tim Tebow, either.
The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback was one of 15 non-roster players invited Thursday by the Mets to spring training in Port St. Lucie next month.
The invite clearly is more of a business decision aimed at selling Grapefruit League tickets than a baseball one by the Mets.
The 32-year-old Tebow was hitting just .163 with four home runs and a paltry .495 OPS in 77 games for Triple-A Syracuse last season when he suffered a season-ending finger injury in August.
The previous season, he had produced a slash line of .273/.336/.399 in 84 games at Double-A Binghamton — earning an Eastern League All-Star designation — before suffering a broken bone in his hand.
Left-handed pitchers David Peterson, the team’s 2017 first-round pick, and Kevin Smith, the organization’s minor-league pitcher of the year in 2019, also were among those to receive invites.