One month after Tim Tebow's ridiculed promotion, he is on fire

Tim Tebow has been a member of the St. Lucie Mets for just 23 games, but he's already one of the best hitters in the entire Florida State League.

The former NFL quarterback was the talk of baseball as recently as one month ago, when he was promoted from the Class A Columbia Fireflies to St. Lucie in spite of a listless .220/.311/.336 (AVG/OBP/SLG) slash line. The seemingly unwarranted move inspired ridicule from around the game, with many accusing the Mets organization of a shameless publicity stunt.

Nearly four weeks have passed since then, and general manager Sandy Alderson's front office has seemingly been vindicated.

Tebow immediately took to his new competition, posting five hits, including a home run, in his first three games with St. Lucie. He has not relented since, and his slash line now sits at a healthy .320/.407/.520 through 23 games. If he had enough plate appearances to qualify for rate stats, his .927 OPS would be third in the league.

It's been a remarkable turnaround for Tebow, especially considering he didn't play a single competitive baseball game between high school and last September. Getting acclimated to the routine of a professional ballplayer has been a huge factor in his High-A success.

"I think I'm more comfortable seeing more pitches," Tebow said, according to an interview with TCPalm. "Playing baseball for longer, I think that helps. Also [hitting coach] Luis [Natera] and [manager] Chad [Kreuter], getting to work with them every day and just what we're doing out there — taking pitches, seeing, tracking. I feel more comfortable with my swing, feel more comfortable with my game plan I'm having against pitchers and then just playing more baseball helps, too."

Take a look back at Tebow's arrival to the Mets:

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Tim Tebow's first day at Mets camp
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Sep 19, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets outfielder Tim Tebow (15) high fives a fan after his workout at the Mets Minor League Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets outfielder Tim Tebow (15) walks to the dugout after hitting during his workout at the Mets Minor League Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - SEPTEMBER 19: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Mets works out at an instructional league day at Tradition Field on September 19, 2016 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Sep 19, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets Outfielder Tim Tebow (15) prepares to hit during his workout at the Mets Minor League Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets outfielder Tim Tebow (15) begins his workout at the Mets Minor League Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets Outfielder Tim Tebow (15) hits during soft toss drills during his workout at the Mets Minor League Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - SEPTEMBER 19: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Mets works out at an instructional league day at Tradition Field on September 19, 2016 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Sep 19, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets outfielder Tim Tebow (15) warms up before his workout at the Mets Minor League Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets Outfielder Tim Tebow (15) warms up before his workout at the Mets Minor League Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - SEPTEMBER 19: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Mets works out at an instructional league day at Tradition Field on September 19, 2016 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Sep 19, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A detailed view of the batting helmet and baseball bats of New York Mets outfielder Tim Tebow (15) during his workout at the Mets Minor League Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets outfielder Tim Tebow (15) takes a selfie photo with a fan after his workout at the Mets Minor League Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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But while Tebow's stint in St. Lucie has included a 12-game hit streak and a walk-off home run, he's keeping everything perspective. The Mets would be loathe to use a 40-man roster spot on a 29-year-old corner outfielder with a limited ceiling, and Alderson recently confirmed that he doesn't envision the former Heisman Trophy winner playing in the major leagues any time soon.

"It's a dangerous place to be as an athlete," Tebow said when asked about a potential promotion. "You don't want to think about that. I've got to think about the here, I've got to think about the now, I've got to think about what I'm doing...This journey isn't just about the destination. It's about every single day. It's about the competition against the pitcher. It's about the camaraderie with my teammates. It's about enjoying every moment."

At 43-50, the New York Mets won't compete for a playoff spot this year. Tebow's presence would draw some nice late-season crowds to Citi Field, but it will take more than a hot month to secure an unlikely call-up to the game's top level. He'll continue his season against the Florida Fire Frogs on Friday night.

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Tim Tebow and other multisport pro athletes
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Tim Tebow and other multisport pro athletes
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 03: Quarterback Tim Tebow #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up on the sidelines against the New York Jets in the third quarter during a pre-season game at MetLife Stadium on September 3, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls dunks against Rodney McCray #22 of the Sacramento Kings during a game played on November 14, 1989 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1989 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
SARATOSA, UNITED STATES: Ex-Chicago Bulls standout Michael Jordan warms up 15 February 1994 in Saratosa, FL, before his first spring training workout with the Chicago White Sox. The retired basketball superstar is hoping to win a spot on the major league team. (Photo credit should read ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images)
TEMPE, AZ - JANUARY 28: Dallas Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders hoists the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophy as he walks off the field to the locker room after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 28 January during Super Bowl XXX at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Cowboys won 27-17. (Photo credit should read VINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - 1997: Outfielder Deion Sanders #21 of the Cincinnati Reds smiles as he prepares to bat against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium in 1997 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sanders also played defensive back for the National Football League Dallas Cowboys during the 1997 NFL season. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
JULY - 1987: Bo Jackson #16 of the Kansas City Royals stands ready at the plate inside the batting cage during practice in July of 1987. (Photo by Gray Mortimore/Getty Images)
1989: LOS ANGELES RAIDERS RUNNING BACK BO JACKSON CARRIES THE FOOTBALL DURING THE RAIDERS VERSUS KANSAS CITY CHIEFS GAME AT THE MEMORIAL COLISEUM IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA. MANDATORY CREDIT: MIKE POWELL/ALLSPORT
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