Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 6/16/13

Before he became a household name with stops in Denver, New York, and now New England, Tim Tebow nearly went a different way with his career.

In an interview with WEEI, Boston Red Sox scout Tom Kotchman revealed that the Los Angeles Angels were prepared to draft Tebow out of high school.

“We wanted to draft him,” Kotchman, who worked for the Angels at the time, 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 asks prospects a series of questions in order to gauge their interest in the sport. Regardless, Tebow more than proved himself on the baseball field, batting .494 as a junior for Nease High School, which he led to the final four of the Florida state playoffs.

Tebow didn't play baseball as a senior, opting to enroll at Florida and begin what would be a well-documented football career.

Although the Angels marriage never happened, Tebow seemingly had all the makings of a successful baseball player.

“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?”

The 25-year-old has experienced success at the NFL level, and football appears to be his first love. When you play the "what if?" game, though, it's fascinating to think how Tebowmania would've adapted to the diamond.

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