Jeff Kobernus is fast and can hit lefties -- two skills that are intriguing to the Tigers.
"We were just in that (coach's) room discussing him a lot this morning," manager Jim Leyland said Sunday. "We are going to work him some in leftfield. I will add that we have had very good reports on him. Some of our reports have him as a very good prospect as a second baseman. More than likely, he will not be our second baseman this particular year."
Kobernus played last year with Double-A Harrisburg in the Washington Nationals' organization.
But he is one of several potential candidates to share leftfield with Andy Dirks.
"I played a little left in college and center in college," said Kobernus, who went to California-Berkley. "Where ever they need me, I'm going to prepare myself."
Boston drafted Kobernus from Washington in the Rule 5 draft, then dealt him to the Tigers for minor league infielder-outfielder Justin Henry.
"I was super excited to have an opportunity to play with these guys," Kobernus said of joining the Tigers.
Kobernus hit .319 against left-handers last year.
He also had 42 steals.
"They tell me he can fly," Leyland said. "I've never seen him play and I've never seen him run to be honest with you.
"You are always reluctant when you talk too much, because they get carried away. But he's a real interesting guy. ... He will get every possible look to see if he is a fit or not.
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