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Asche likely to start at third, but has competition

Prospect Franco also seeing time at hot corner, along with first base

Asche likely to start at third, but has competition

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Cody Asche is the heavy favorite to be the Phillies' Opening Day third baseman, but nothing is guaranteed.

"We have competitions at lot of different spots," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday.Top

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Maikel Franco, the club's No. 2-ranked prospect, according to MLB.com, also plays third base. Both Asche and Franco are talented players who play the same position, although the Phillies have been working out Franco at first base to give him a little more versatility.

"Really good moves at third base," Sandberg said about Franco. "Real good glove. He has a knack for the harder the play it is, the softer he is. I don't know where he got that. I haven't asked him. That's instincts. That is second-nature stuff. I've seen him in live [batting practice] have a good, quality swing already. He's shown a lot of good stuff. I see him working real hard. He's around a lot of good guys."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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