Jeff Kobernus was far from a lock to make the Detroit Tigers’ active roster out of camp this spring as a Rule 5 draftee, and he didn’t really help his own cause. In 50 spring at-bats, Kobernus tallied nine singles and two triples, putting up a .220/.291/.300 triple slash while being caught in both of his stolen base attempts.
After being forced to miss the second half of the 2012 season due to a rib injury, Kobernus was an unknown quantity, enough for the Nationals to risk losing him in the Rule 5 draft by not placing him on the 40-man roster and also enough for the Tigers to return him before the season started. Kobernus was returned to the Nats on March 23 and started out the season in AAA for the Syracuse Chiefs. One could expect the combination of a poor Spring and the disappointment of not making the big league squad could have led to a mediocre start to the year. In this case, it is exactly the opposite.Read More