Tim Tebow heading for Class A-ball - in Columbia

Tim Tebow strikes out, gets plunked in Mets debut

Tim Tebow to be assigned to Columbia Fireflies, Mets' low-A affiliate

Tim Tebow will begin this season playing for the Mets' low Class-A affiliate in SC, big-league manager Terry Collins announced Monday.

The former National Football League quarterback and Heisman Trophy victor was informed of the assignment on Monday.

Tebow, who is hitting.200 in major league spring training games, has yet to verbalize any sort of tangible end-goal. Tebow's journey through the minor leagues begins on April 6 at home against the Augusta GreenJackets.

Once he gets a feel for his environment and the level of pitching he's facing, he'll be able to better determine what his end game is and how to get there. Hitting coach Kevin Long has been working on shortening Tebow's swing in an effort to produce to cut down on strikeouts and protect the plate.

Tim Tebow will continue to follow his baseball dreams in SC.

Tim Tebow's first stop on what he hopes is a journey to the major leagues has been determined.

He now is still working with the Mets in spring training in Florida.

Since a rough start in the Arizona Fall League, Alderson said Tebow has "improved pretty dramatically". He has appeared in seven spring training games for the Mets and was the starting right fielder against the Detroit Tigers on Monday. "I'm sure he'll be a great influence on the kids in Columbia and the fans will enjoy watching him play". He also squashed the notion Tebow would be taking the spot of another prospect in the organization or is being used as a publicity stunt. He played professionally for the Denver Broncos from 2010 to '11, leading them to a playoff overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011, and the New York Jets (2012).

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