LAKELAND, Fla. Jeff Kobernus could very well be the most interesting position player to keep tabs on when Grapefruit League games begin Friday for the Tigers.
The Tigers obtained Kobernus a speedy infielder who is reacquainting himself with the outfield in a trade with the Boston Red Sox, who made him a Rule 5 draft selection out of the Washington Nationals organization in December. Kobernus' Rule 5 status remains, which means Detroit must either carry him on its roster the entire season or he will return to the Nationals.
Kobernus hit a one-hop shot Sunday afternoon in batting practice that tore the glove off Bruce Rondon, the rookie flame-thrower with a chance to be the closer. Rondon was unharmed, and he turned to pick up the glove before turning back and smiling.
Its a good thing I didnt hit him, Kobernus said with a grin. Id have been released.
But that liner isnt the reason Kobernus is a player to track this spring. Before the practice, I asked Leyland if he had seen en...