Tim Tebow

Today was the day football bust Tim Tebow picked up a bat and a glove and tried to prove to baseball scouts and media members alike his dream of playing professional baseball was not just a gimmick. Tebow’s long-awaited baseball audition drew quite a crowd, as you might have expected by now, and it only made sense that Skip Bayless would make an appearance.

The former First Take co-host and new Fox Sports 1 loudmouth did indeed show up to see what his football hero Tebow could do on the diamond. As we have come to expect from Bayless over the years, he had some positive things to say about Tebow’s future in professional baseball.

OK, so Skip seems somewhat impressed by what he saw from Tebow. But we sort of expected that, right? After all, this is the same guy who went out of his way to suggest Tim Tebow was going to be a star in the NFL, despite time and time again being proven wrong.

For Skip, it boiled down to being burned by Tebow when he picked Oklahoma against Florida in a national championship game. Since then, when Tebow and the Gators claimed victory over the Sooners, Skip has done anything and everything to sing the praises of Tebow. So if you don’t feel Skip’s baseball scouting is worth very much, take it from some others more respected in the baseball world.

Tebow did get a hold of one during his batting portion of the audition…

So Tebow has some power in his swing. This is not too surprising given his build. Is Tim Tebow a five-tool player? Not likely, but he did reportedly show off some more skill that might suggest this whole baseball dream may not be as far-fetched as many expected it to be. For starters, the dude can run…

So perhaps there is something scouts will take back to their bosses, and there will be some positives to point out. The bottom line, however, is Tebow is very much a project that would be blooming very late in a professional baseball player’s career. That is not to say he can’t play ball on some level, but anything more than a minor league prospect would be a wild reach just based off of what we know at this point.

Will some major league franchise take a chance on a publicity stunt? We can never rule that possibility out, but let’s take things one step at a time here. We can also have a good laugh too…

Adidas is all in, though. The apparel company has signed Tebow to a new deal, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN. Tebow worked out in front of scouts wearing Adidas gear. Tebow also has a contract offer from a Venezuelan winter ball team.

About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to NBCSports.com's College Football Talk, Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Host of the No 2-Minute Warning Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and iHeart Radio. FWAA member and Philadelphia-area resident.

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