Tim Tebow: Angels Could Have Drafted Him in 2005

June 18, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Tim Tebow and the Angels could have been together if the quarterback had any interest in baseball. 

A former Angels scout, Tom Kotchman, told WEEI in Boston that Tebow could have been drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in 2005 if he had interest. Tebow hit a .494 in junior high school but did not play later on so he could focus more on football. 

“We wanted to draft him,” Kotchman told the station. “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.” 

Kotchman now serves as a scout for the Boston Red Sox. 

Red Sox scout Stephen Hargett told WEEI: “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.” 

He added: “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. 

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he is a fan of Tebow, who was recently signed by New England. 

“We want high-quality people who work hard, are team players,” Kraft told CNBC. “I don’t think there is a nicer person that I’ve ever met, and now he’ll get to compete with all the other people at the position, and our hope is that he’s on our 53-man roster.