Jeff Kobernus, of, Sacramento River Cats

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Drafted in the 2nd round (50th overall) by the Washington Nationals in 2009 out of California College.

He was a very well thought of prospect.  He did not have a lot of power, but projected as a solid major league outfielder with plus-plus speed. He was the Nationals #7 prospect after the 2009 season, #21 after the 2010 season, and #20 and the 2011 season.  But he was never able to find a home on a major league roster, and was selected by the Red Sox in in the 2012 Rule 5 draft.  The Red Sox immediately flipped him to the Tigers, where he immediately ranked as Detroit’s #20 prospect.

At this point it was clear that Kobernus was not going to develop power, but still projected as a utility player with lots of speed–something any team could use.

In March 2013 Kobernus was returned to Washington, and he would get some time in the majors.  After the 2013 season he was still ranked the Nationals #19 prospect.

That would be the high point of his career.  He  struggled in 2014, and was released by the Nationals in the 2015 pre-season.  Signed with the Giants for the 2015 season, had a  poor season in both High-A and AAA, and was released in November.

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Year Age Tm Lg G AB HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2009 21 WSN-min A- 10 41 0 2 4 0 2 5 .220 .273 .244 .517
2010 22 WSN-min A 74 312 1 42 21 10 17 58 .279 .316 .346 .662
2011 23 WSN-min A+ 124 489 7 52 53 8 21 87 .282 .313 .387 .700
2012 24 WSN-min AA 82 330 1 19 42 11 19 57 .282 .325 .333 .658
2013 25 WSN-min AAA 95 371 1 36 42 9 28 59 .318 .366 .388 .754
2013 25 WSN NL 24 30 1 1 3 2 5 6 .167 .306 .267 .572 59
2014 26 WSN-min AAA,AA,A+,A 73 258 3 31 24 4 31 53 .264 .347 .360 .707
2014 26 WSN NL 4 6 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .250 .000 .250 -23
2015 27 SFG-min A+,Rk,AAA 66 246 1 17 13 3 22 48 .224 .286 .264 .550
2 Yrs 28 36 1 1 3 2 6 7 .139 .295 .222 .518 45
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/29/2015.
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