Even as a 30-year-old, former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow was beginning to look like he might be a major league prospect last summer with the Binghamton Mets of the Double A Eastern League. A September callup to the New York Mets even seemed possible.
Tebow was batting .400 for the month of July, raising his season's average to .273. Then his season ended with a broken hand.
Healthy again, Tebow is a Syracuse Met in the Triple-A International League and the Buffalo Bisons will get their first look at the former quarterback when the teams meet Monday night at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse (Radio 1520, 6:35 p.m.) . It will be the opener of a four-game series between the teams, the first time they have met this season.
So far, Tebow has not made much of an impression. He is batting .163 for the S-Mets after going 1 for 3 in Sunday's 4-1 victory over the visiting Pawtucket Red Sox on Sunday. Tebow grounded out and struck out swinging before leading off the seventh inning with his third double of the season. He has no home runs and just five RBIs. Playing left field Tebow batted in the ninth spot in the order on Sunday. He's appeared in13 of the 16 games Syracuse has played.
The Bisons (4-9) had three games home games rained out Friday and Saturday and have not played since they blew a 7-0 lead and lost to the Red Sox in Pawtucket, 9-8, on Wednesday. The Herd had lost seven straight before sweeping a double in Pawtucket last Tuesday.
Syracuse (10-7) takes a three-game win streak into Monday's game. The Mets swept three games from Pawtucket over the weekend. They Mets are 8-2 at home and 2-5 on the road. They played Pawtucket 11 times, winning seven of the games.
Travis Taijeron, a 30-year-old right-hand batting first basemen, has hit five home runs for the Mets so far. He's hit 151 minor league home runs since coming out of Cal Poly in 2011. He hit 25 for Triple A Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League in 2015.
Left-hander Héctor Santiago is scheduled to be on the mound for the Mets opposite RHP Jacob Waguespack (2-1) for the Bisons . The second game of the series will be Tuesday night with a 10:35 a.m. game on Wednesday and a 1:05 start on Thursday before the Bisons move on to Allentown, Pa., to face the first-place Lehigh Valley IronPigs for the first time this season.