Nancy Armour has seen enough. Enough declining power. Enough overmatched at bats. Enough strikeouts.
Enough for the USA Today columnist to know that this is as good as it gets for 31-year-old Mets prospect Tim Tebow.
And right now, “this” is pretty bad.
As of Friday afternoon, Tebow was batting .131 with 34 strikeouts in 26 games at Triple-A Syracuse.
New York — and the major leagues — couldn’t seem further away.
“Tebow isn’t good enough to make the majors,” Armour writes. “Not this season, not ever.”
The former Heisman Trophy-winner and two-time BCS national champion at the University of Florida hoped for a second life in baseball after spending parts of five seasons as an NFL quarterback.
He made an instant impression after signing with the Mets, homering on the first pitch of his first at bat during an instructional league game in 2016. He showed promise last season, making the Eastern League All-Star team while hitting .273 in 84 games at Double-A Binghamton.
But a hand injury ended his season in July, and it’s been downhill ever since.
Pitchers have been pounding Tebow inside, and he’s had difficulty making adjustments.
At this point, age — and the corresponding decline in reflexes and hand-eye-coordination — is working against him.
“Once either a feel-good story of perseverance or an object of curiosity," Armour writes, "Tim Tebow’s baseball career is now just a sad case of an athlete who can’t move on.”