Ryan Braun adjusting to new home in left field

PHOENIX (AP) -- It's no surprise Ryan Braun has become a center of attention at spring training for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Braun went from top prospect a year ago to the National League Rookie of the Year by batting .324 and setting franchise rookie records with 34 homers and 97 runs batted in.

He says it's put him under the microscope, but he welcomes it as long as the attention is for the right reasons.

The 24-year-old Braun grew up in Mission Hills, California, and went to college at Miami.

He says he realized how amazing his rookie year was when people randomly approached him in the offseason at places like restaurants and clubs.

Now Braun is getting ready for another adjustment -- from third base to left field. He made 26 errors in 112 starts at the hot corner last year.

In his new position, he'll be playing alongside Gold Glove center fielder Mike Cameron who was recently acquired by the Brewers.

As part of the changes, Bill Hall moves back to third base from center field.

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