One of the organization's top prospects, third baseman Maikel Franco, told CSN Philly the Phillies told him that he will "play more first base than third base" in 2014. There is some confusion between the prospect and the team's front office. General manager Ruben Amaro said he is a third baseman who will see some time at first base.
Either way, they are testing Franco out at third base. Some scouts have questioned whether or not Franco will stay at third base down the road or move to first.
Franco, 21, was the talk-of-the-town in Philadelphia for a large portion of the season on his way to earning the 2013 Paul Owens award as the team's top minor league player. He was spectacular for Single-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading. Franco hit .320/.356/.569 with 31 home runs and 103 RBIs between both levels. In 69 Double-A games, he batted .339/.363/.563 with 15 home runs and 51 RBIs.
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