Somehow, Tim Tebow keeps finding a way to counter his critics by doing something unexpected.

The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback was named to the Class AA Eastern League All-Star team despite a rather unremarkable .270 batting average, five home runs and 33 RBI this season for the Binghamton (N.Y.) Rumble Ponies, a New York Mets affiliate.

Tebow, 30, was in the East squad’s starting lineup Wednesday night, batting ninth as the designated hitter. In his first at-bat against West starting pitcher Beau Burrows, Tebow hit an opposite-field double.

That’s no small feat both. Burrows, a first-round select of the Detroit Tigers in the 2015 draft (22nd general), is regarded as probably the most Tigers’ best pitching potentialities. The 21-year-old right-hander has a three.83 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 84 2/three innings for Detroit’s Class AA associate in Erie, Pa.

Tebow grounded out to shortstop in the 5th inning, flied out to left box in the 7th and, representing the go-ahead run in the ground of the 9th, struck out swinging.

The East driven a run throughout in the 9th and the sport ended in a Four-Four tie. 

But it wasn’t over. The two groups picked one participant to constitute them in a “hitting competition,” which was won by the West as Pirates prospect Will Craig outslugged the Phillies’ Zach Green for the win.

Box ranking:Eastern League All-Star Game

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