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

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

He batted.194 in the AFL while competing against some of the game's top prospects.

The Columbia Fireflies are the Mets' Class A franchise in Columbia. He'll break camp the first week in April and join the Fireflies when they open play on April 6 in a four-game series with Augusta. The former Heisman Trophy victor was blasting home runs over the wall during spring training, but that power hasn't exactly manifested itself during games at the plate.

The BlueClaws alluded to the possibility on their @BlueClaws Twitter account Monday, tweeting "May 13th, FirstEnergy Park -- Tebow Time." while linking to the Fireflies' announcement.

"Tim Tebow will bring major excitement and national attention to the Fireflies and city of Columbia", said Fireflies President John Katz.

It's also why Alderson said Tebow likely would have been sent to low-A Columbia had he looked overmatched in spring training, with live game action continuing to be the priority. "But what he's done in spring training has convinced us that this is where he should go".

"No one works harder than Tim did this spring", Mets manager Terry Collins told Newsday on Monday. "I'm sure he'll be a great influence on the kids in Columbia and the fans will enjoy watching him play".

"We were concerned that it might be a stretch at some point, or could be a stretch", Alderson said. Tickets for the historic event can be purchased here, starting at $5, which gets you a spot on the Bojangles Berm. He was a first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 2010, and led Denver to a playoff victory in 2011 before being traded to the New York Jets.

After his football career ended, Tebow has worked with the SEC Network and his foundation.