L.A. Angels wanted to draft Tim Tebow

According to WEEI in Boston, a Red Sox scout named Tom Kotchman says that when he worked for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim they wanted to draft Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow coming out of high school.

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

Tebow was a heck of a baseball player in high school.  He hit four home runs with a .494 batting average and led his team to the final four of the state playoffs.

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

“He stood out. Right when you walked up to the field, he passed the body test. He was bigger and stronger than everybody. I think of how big he is, with an average junior or senior in high school being 5-foor-10, 160 pounds. This guy is 6-foot-4, 200 pounds. … It was just easy for him. You thought, if this guy dedicated everything to baseball like he did to football how good could he be?”