Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow has had some rough luck as an NFL player, so I wonder if he’s had that what if moment when it comes to possibly playing a different sports some years back.
WEEI is reporting that Tebow was almost drafted nearly drafted by the L.A. Angels coming out of high school. Tom Kotchman, a Florida area scout for the Boston Red Sox, told WEEI that the Angels almost drafted Tebow when his was a scout with the Angels.
“We wanted to draft him,” Kotchman remembered, “but he never sent back his information card. Either it never got to him, or … It’s Tim Tebow. Who knows if it got to him, and if it did we just never got it back. Otherwise were were going to take him.”
As a high school junior, Tebow while playing left fielder hit .494 with four home runs, while also leading his team to the final four of the state playoffs.
He didn’t play as a senior, instead enrolling at Florida during the spring in an effort to get a head start on his college football career.
“He had a strong arm and had a lot of power. If he would have been there his senior year he definitely would have had a good chance to be drafted,” said Red Sox Florida scout Stephen Hargett, who worked with Kotchman with the Angels. “He had leverage to his swing. He had some natural loft. He had some good power. He was a good athlete. He had had enough arm for that position. He was a left-handed hitter with strength and some size.
“He stood out. Right when you walked up to the field, he passed the body test. He was bigger and stronger than everybody. I think of how big he is, with an average junior or senior in high school being 5-foor-10, 160 pounds. This guy is 6-foot-4, 200 pounds. … It was just easy for him. You thought, if this guy dedicated everything to baseball like he did to football how good could he be?”
Who knows, Tebow could have been Mike Trout?