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Detroit Tigers Links: Bruce Rondon's mechanics & Jeff Kobernus' speed

Bruce Rondon is still learning his mechanics, Jeff Kobernus is fast or something, and Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly are "not options" for the bullpen. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.


Drew Sharp: Tigers' Bruce Rondon learning mechanics, mind-set of closing
Detroit Free Press, Drew Sharp

The kid can't find the plate after his first three spring appearances, his immense weaponry wasted. The team was Atlanta. The year was 2011. The kid was Craig Kimbrel.

Rule 5 pickup Jeff Kobernus' speed could net him home with Tigers
The Detroit News, Tony Paul

In December 2003, the Tigers brain trust took a shot on a slugging first baseman named Chris Shelton in the Rule 5 draft. It was a sensible selection.

Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly "Not Options" For Detroit Tigers’ Bullpen
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

Drew Smyly could find himself in the minor leagues when the season begins.

Rod Barajas’ missing World Series ring found after four years — in wife’s shoe
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

Winning a World Series ring is the feat that all pro baseball players chase. Rod Barajas won one in 2001 as part of the Arizona Diamondbacks team that beat the New York Yankees.

The Yankees are still a bunch of deceptive liars
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee

The Yankees are having an awful spring, so here's a gentle reminder before you draw any conclusions.

Chris Sale agrees to $32.5 million contract with White Sox
HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman

Chris Sale and the White Sox have agreed to a $32.5 million contract, the team announced.

The sacrifice bunt isn't dead yet
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

Before sabermetrics, there was Earl Weaver, who managed the Orioles to five 100-win seasons and four American League pennants.