Those are the words that former Nease High (Ponte Vedre, Fla.) baseball coach Greg “Boo” Mullins used to describe Tim Tebow on the diamond. Mullins coached Tebow for two seasons, including his junior year in 2005, the last time Tebow played baseball full time.
“Everybody should know this: He wasn’t just a great football player, he was a great baseball player, too,” Mullins told The Sporting News in 2013. “I believe he could have played in the big leagues.”
Now, Tebow is willing to give it a shot, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. All 30 major leagues teams will be invited to a tryout that he has been working toward for more than a year.
As a junior, Tebow hit .494 with four home runs, 30 RBI and 10 doubles on a team that reached the state Final Four before losing to Winter Haven. A left-handed hitter with power — and a good arm, of course — he was named all-state that year.
“Everybody should know this: He wasn’t just a great football player, he was a great baseball player, too,” Mullins said. “I believe he could have played in the big leagues.”
Mullins projected Tebow could have been drafted in Rounds 7 to 12 out of high school and could have pushed up to a second-rounder if he also played baseball at Florida.
A number of MLB teams considered drafting him out of high school, but also were wary of wasting a draft pick on a player who clearly intended to focus on football.
Tebow was home-schooled but played football, baseball and basketball at Nease.