Tim Tebow Was Almost Drafted by Los Angeles Angels Out of High School

Tim TebowMaybe if this whole professional football thing does’t workout, Tim Tebow can act on Plan B.

The quarterback, who has been the talk of the town recently in New England, could think about a potential career in Major League Baseball. According to WEEI, the Los Angels Angels of Anaheim were considering drafting Tebow out of high school — but fate stepped in the way. Tom Kotchman, a Florida-area scout for the Red Sox, previously worked for the Angels and remembered the now-famous quarterback’s baseball days.

“We wanted to draft him,” Kotchman said, “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.”

The information card — which asked a series of questions, including the player’s interest in playing pro baseball — was needed to even put Tebow’s name on the Angels’ draft board. Since it never came, the team sort of had their answer anyway.

Tebow played left field as a  junior at Nease High in Ponte Vedra, Fla., hitting .494 with four home runs while leading his team to the final four of the state playoffs. That was the last year he played baseball, though, as he enrolled at Florida during the spring of his senior year to get a head start on his football career.

“He had a strong arm and had a lot of power,” said Red Sox Florida scout Stephen Hargett, who worked with Kotchman with the Angels. “If he would have been there his senior year he definitely would have had a good chance to be drafted.

“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.”

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