There's no question which Mets minor leaguer will draw the most attention in spring training, but fans will have to go to the back fields to find him.
Tim Tebow was not among the 13 players on minor-league deals invited to New York's major-league camp, according to a team release Wednesday.
The former college football star's omission was not a surprise, given his dearth of recent baseball experience and the additional pressure being in big-league camp would put on him.
The New York Times noted Tebow still could make the occasional appearance on the major-league side. Minor leaguers are often called in to pad out the late innings of spring training games, particularly later in March.
The 29-year-old quarterback-turned-outfielder last played with the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League after an initial stint with the Mets' instructional league team in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Reports from the Fall League, generally seen as a finishing school for higher-end prospects, weren't kind to the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner. But the Mets seem committed to sticking with the experiment, and spring training will provide Tebow's best measuring stick yet for how he might fare against top-level competition.
General manager Sandy Alderson indicated Tebow likely is in line to begin the 2017 season at the Single-A level. That would put him either in Port St. Lucie or Columbia, South Carolina, if he is assigned to a full-season team.