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The Tigers didn't receive good production from their utility players this past season. Don Kelly has already been released, and I would guess there is a good chance Ramon Santiago will either be designated for assignment, traded, or released by the end of spring training.
Last year, Kelly and Santiago combined for 341 at bats across 168 games putting up some pretty weak offensive numbers: 33 runs scored, nine doubles, three HRs, and 24 RBIs. They combined to hit only .199 with a .280 OBP and .263 SLG.
The Tigers liked the glove versatility Kelly and Santiago brought, but the Tigers simply can't afford to have so little production from their reserves. Kelly already has been cut, and Santiago will need a strong spring to stay with Detroit.
Worth brings a plus glove, and while I don't think Worth is going to hit enough to be a regular, I think he will hit far better then Santiago and Kelly.
The Tigers traded for Kobernus during the rule five draft, and they will have to keep him on the 25-man roster or offer him back to the Nationals. Kobernus brings speed and possibly a little Don Kelly as well.
Kobernus played outfield and third base in college and has logged professional games at second and short. He has played mostly second, but I think the Tigers will see if they can use him as an IF/OF pinch runner option.
2011: (AAA 86 games): .256 BA, .338 OBP, 45 runs,19 doubles, 8 HRs, 13 SB, .759 OPS
2012: (AAA 60 games): .264 BA, .364 OBP, 30 runs, 15 doubles, 5 HRs, 10 SB, .785 OPS
Majors (112 games 217 at bats in 3 seasons)
.244 BA, .310 OBP, 25 runs, 10 doubles, 2 HRs, 1 SB, .628 OPS.
2011: (A+ 124 games): .282 BA, .313 OBP, 67 runs, 22 doubles, 7 HRs, 53 SB, .700 OPS
2012: (AA 82 games): .282 BA, .325 OBP, 41 runs, 10 doubles, 1 HR, 42 SB, .658 OPS