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Braves | Likely to have platoon at 3B

Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez doesn't plan to announce a winner in the third base competition between 3Bs Juan Francisco and Chris D. Johnson anytime soon, meaning they'll likely be involved in a platoon to start the season. Francisco is hitting .353 (18-for-51) with five home runs, 11 RBIs and a .686 slugging percentage in 18 games and Johnson is hitting .352 (19-for-54) with three home runs, 11 RBIs and a .537 slugging percentage in 20 games. Francisco eliminated some of the inward turn of his right knee in his batting stance over the winter.

Fantasy Tip: Francisco is the more intriguing fantasy player here, but he loses some luster in a platoon scenario. The power is real, but he'll need to make more contact and improve against lefties to completely knock Johnson out of the picture.

2013-03-21 16:34:12 | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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