|A returned Rule 5 pickup, Kobernus benefited from the experience as his
best chance to stick with Tigers last spring was as a utility player. The
Nats continued to use him that way in Syracuse playing all three OF slots
as well as 2B and 3B (in a pinch, he can play SS). He’s had trouble staying
healthy, and doesn’t walk much, but can run (140SB in 335G the last three
seasons) and will make the routine plays on defense.
|After appearing in 117 games at 2B vs. seven at SS, I think it’s safe to
say the Nats have tipped their hand as to where they think Hague fits in
their plans. The 2010 3rd Rd. pick hasn’t shown the power or patience he
did in his collegiate days, which will have to improve for him to have any
chance of playing above AAA.
|Renda’s only above-average tool is his bat, which is about what you’d ex-
pect from a .347 hitter in college. He’s an efficient baserunner who comp-
ensates for average speed with aggression and good technique. He’s been
described as stiff and mechanical on defense but the scouts who like him
(a favorite comp is Freddy Sanchez) believe he can become at least fringy
to average. Still, without much power and few utility options, he’ll have to hit
(.283) and get on base (.366) at the rate he has been all the way up the ladder.
|Mejia has been slowly but steadily improving in the affiliates south of
Hagerstown since his inaugrual pro season in 2011. Like many sight-unseen
choices, his selection is based on inferences of usage (most used 2B in the
GCL), an invitation to instrux this past September, and his youth (turns 20
in March). It also works in his favor that 2B has become a thin position in