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4th in National League East
Home: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Maikel Franco will see time at first base in 2014
Phillies prospect Maikel Franco -- who broke out in 2013 by hitting .320 with 31 homers and 103 RBIs at Single A Clearwater and Double A Reading -- will see time at first base in addition to third base in 2014.

A third baseman for 346 of his 358 minor-league games, Franco says he has been told by the Phillies that he'll play primarily first base this season, though he'll still see time at third. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. later clarified that the organization still views him as a third baseman.

"More first base this year. They (the Phillies) told me, 'You'll play more first base than third base [this year].' I said 'OK, I'll take it,'" Franco said in the Phillies' clubhouse Thursday afternoon as the Phils showcased eight of their top prospects.

"Thats really, really, really good for me," Franco continued. "Playing third, playing first now, I play two positions. ... I feel more comfortable. I think I have more chance to show somebody [what I can do]."

Amaro pumped the brakes a bit.

"It's not the case, he's not gonna be primarily first base," Amaro said. "He's a third baseman, he may get some work at first base, but he's primarily a third baseman."

Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan said Franco will see time at the corner infield positions so that he's comfortable at both.
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