|Kobernus was just starting to get back on track
after a thumb injury when a cracked rib ended
his ’12 season after just 82 games. That wasn’t
enough to deter Boston from drafting him in the
Rule 5 and flipping him Detroit, who tried to turn
him into a utilityman but returned him in late
March. Speed is his best tool, but has shown
flashes of gap power. He can play short, but is
better suited to second base, where he’ll make
the routine plays.
|Sanchez is a three-time watchlister, but has
stalled in full-season ball after a breakout
2010 season (.350/.365/.453) that he began in
the GCL and finished in Hagerstown. Stopped
switch-hitting in ’12, w/ surprising success:
he hit better against RHPs than LHPs (.721 vs.
.431OPS). Defensively, he’s slightly below-avg.,
often spotted cheating deep and towards 1B.
Has some speed, but poor baserunning skills.
|Renda is a scout/coach favorite despite most|
of his skills rated as average-to-below-average,
often (usually) praised for his work ethic. Off-
ensively, he’s an aggressive swinger who does
not stride, producing hard line drives to the
gaps but little power otherwise. Needs polish
on defense, but the (near) universal belief is
that he’ll develop into a steady defender.
|Foat was one of two NDFAs that stood out in
the GCL, hanging a line of .333/.404/.401 as
a 22-y.o. senior out of USC and earning a spot
on the GCL All-Star team at 2B, though he also
saw some time at 1B.