Washington Nationals roster review: Jeff Kobernus

Washington Nationals roster review: Jeff Kobernus
November 19, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Age on Opening Day 2014: 25

How acquired: Draft (2nd round), June 2009

MLB service time: 63 days

2013 salary+bonuses: N/A

Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020

2013 Stats: 24 G, 36 PA, 30 AB, 8 R, 5 H, HR, RBI, 3 SB, 2 CS, 5 BB, 6 SO, .167 BA, .572 OPS, -0.1 WAR

2013 analysis: Returned to the Nationals from Detroit via the Rule 5 Draft in March, Jeff Kobernus himself probably didn't expect to make an impact at the major league level this season. Injuries, however, created a void for the Nationals, and Kobernus' versatility as an infielder and outfielder made him attractive for a call-up. The Cal product ended up playing with 24 games and showed his impressive range of tools, but never really got a chance for regular at-bats to show whether he belonged. The result was a .167 average, far lower than his .318 clip at Triple-A this year.

Kobernus was able to showcase his speed on the basepaths with three stolen bases and eight runs, many of them manufactured in small ball situations. Davey Johnson used Kobernus as a pinch-runner often as the season winded down and the 25-year-old proved quite good at it. He scored runs in four straight games in late September, three of them as a pinch-runner. Kobernus has posted at least 42 stolen bases in three consecutive minor league seasons, so it's not a fluke. He's fast and that translated to the Nats in his brief time with them.

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