Tim Tebow will start his baseball career in South Carolina as a member of the Columbia Fireflies.
— Columbia Fireflies (@ColaFireflies) March 20, 2017
The former Heisman Trophy winner will leave spring training in the first week of April to go play for the New York Mets' Class A South Atlantic League team, according to Mets' manager Terry Collins.
Tebow has been a source of intrigue at Mets' camp this year, and the ex-quarterback is hitting .235 this spring with four hits in 17 at-bats.
"Tim Tebow will bring major excitement and national attention to the Fireflies and city of Columbia," said Fireflies President John Katz. "Baseball fans, sports fans and Tim Tebow fans will likely come from around the southeast to see him play. We expect this to add to the energy at Spirit Communications Park and around downtown Columbia, especially during our opening weekend (April 6-9)."
For fans hoping to see Tebow in action in the minor leagues, the farthest south the Fireflies play is in Augusta when they visit the Augusta GreenJackets.
The Fireflies' website says barring anything unforeseen, the University of Florida graduate will wear number 15 when he takes the field.