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Where the D-backs' top 30 prospects are starting the season

Where the D-backs' top 30 prospects are starting the season

With the 2015 season officially under way, here's a look at where the D-backs' top 30 prospects are starting the season:

1. Archie Bradley -- Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
2. Braden Shipley -- Mobile BayBears (AA)
3. Jake Lamb -- Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
4. Aaron Blair -- Mobile BayBears (AA)
5. Touki Toussaint -- Extended spring training
6. Yoan Lopez -- Mobile BayBears (AA)
7. Brandon Drury -- Mobile BayBears (AA)
8. Peter O'Brien -- Reno Aces (AAA)
9. Robbie Ray -- Reno Aces (AAA)
10. Domingo Leyba -- Visalia Rawhide (A Adv)
11. Jake Barrett -- Reno Aces (AAA)
12. Sergio Alcantara -- Kane County Cougars (A)
13. Jeferson Mejia -- Kane County Cougars (A)
14. Nick Ahmed -- Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
15. Marcus Wilson -- Extended spring training
16. Stryker Trahan -- Kane County Cougars (A)
17. Socrates Brito -- Mobile BayBears (AA)
18. Jimmie Sherfy -- Mobile BayBears (AA)
19. Cody Reed -- Extended spring training
20. Jose Herrera -- Extended spring training
21. Oscar Hernandez -- Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB) -- DL
22. Jose Martinez -- Extended spring training
23. Mitch Haniger -- Mobile BayBears (AA)
24. Enrique Burgos -- Mobile BayBears (AA)
25. Matt Railey -- Restricted List
26. Anthony Banda -- Visalia Rawhide (A Adv)
27. Victor Reyes -- Kane County Cougars (A)
28. Brent Jones -- Kane County Cougars (A)
29. Daniel Palka -- Visalia Rawhide (A Adv)
30. Andrew Chafin -- Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)

Team to watch
Head to Alabama to take in a Mobile BayBears game. The D-backs' Double-A Southern League affiliate will be home to eight top D-backs prospects, headlined by one of the better one-two rotation combinations in Minor League Baseball in No. 2 Braden Shipley and No. 4 Aaron Blair, who gets the Opening Day nod. Throw in No. 6 Yoan Lopez for quite the trio.

Teams on MiLB.TV
Reno Aces
Kane County Cougars

New faces
The aforementioned Lopez, signed in January from Cuba with an $8 million bonus, makes his official D-backs debut with Mobile. Arizona also added talent via offseason trades, with lefty Robbie Ray starting the year with Triple-A Reno and Domingo Leyba, the infielder who came over in the same deal, beginning the season with Visalia in the Class A Advanced California League. Recently acquired outfielder Victor Reyes is joining Kane County in the Class A Midwest League.

Patience is a virtue
While the top of the D-backs list is chock full of talent close to being big league ready, instructors will be very busy in Extended Spring Training. Five members of the Top 30, starting with 2014 first-round pick, and No. 5 prospect, Touki Touissaint, have yet to receive assignments and could end up with short-season clubs in June.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.