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As expected, Cody Asche claims third base job; Phillies reassign Maikel Franco

Mar 22, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

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The Phillies hoped the competition for the third base job would have been more heated. After going 2-for-4 with a solo homer against the Pirates on Saturday afternoon, Cody Asche — the incumbent at the hot corner — brought his Grapefruit League average up to .175. His competition, 21-year-old top prospect Maikel Franco, wasn’t faring any better with a .184 average and a .409 OPS.

Franco has been demoted, CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports. There, Franco will look to build upon his breakout season at Double-A last year, when he hit .320 with 31 home runs. He still has some concerns about his defense, but manager Ryne Sandberg also sees some room for improvement offensively:

“He needs to get some seasoning and work on some things, more on the offensive side,” Sandberg said. “He needs to work on shortening his swing and getting some better line-drive type of contact.”

Asche, meanwhile, will hold the fort down at third base after hitting .235 with five home runs in 179 trips to the plate last season. The Phillies expect Franco to claim the third base job at some point, if not at some point this season, then at this time next year.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Phillies gonna Philly*

    *Where I come from “to Philly” means “to suck”.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Mar 22, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      Is there another definition?

  2. phillyupperdecker - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Ashce plays a average 3B while Franco gets ready to really shine in 2016 when Phillies can actually make a run.

    • jrbdmb - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:42 PM

      Make a run? With what?

    • deznutzzz - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:51 PM

      A run at 4th place in the division instead of 5th?

  3. penguins87and71 - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:43 AM

    HA! Phillies going to suck!

    • jmlongy - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      Ha! The penguins, led by that pubic bearded vagina, are going to lose in the first round again!!

  4. phillies816 - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    They should just sign Roger Dorn for 3rd Base. This is going to be a disaster

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