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Where the Pirates' top 30 prospects are starting the season

Where the Pirates' top 30 prospects are starting the season

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

1. Tyler Glasnow -- Altoona Curve (AA)
2. Jameson Taillon -- Indianapolis Indians (AAA) - DL
3. Josh Bell -- Altoona Curve (AA)
4. Austin Meadows -- Bradenton Marauders (A Adv)
5. Reese McGuire -- Bradenton Marauders (A Adv)
6. Nick Kingham -- Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
7. Alen Hanson -- Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
8. Harold Ramirez -- Extended spring training
9. Cole Tucker -- West Virginia Power (A)
10. Mitch Keller -- Extended spring training
11. Elias Diaz -- Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
12. Trey Supak -- Extended spring training
13. JaCoby Jones -- Bradenton Marauders (A Adv)
14. Willy Garcia -- Altoona Curve (AA)
15. Luis Heredia -- Extended spring training
16. Wyatt Mathisen -- Bradenton Marauders (A Adv)
17. John Holdzkom -- Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
18. Barrett Barnes -- Bradenton Marauders (A Adv)
19. Andrew Lambo -- Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB)
20. Clay Holmes -- Bradenton Marauders (A Adv) - DL
21. Chad Kuhl -- Altoona Curve (AA)
22. Conner Joe -- Extended spring training
23. Stephen Tarpley -- Extended spring training
24. Adrian Sampson -- Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
25. Jordan Luplow -- Extended spring training
26. Gage Hinsz -- Extended spring training
27. Cody Dickson -- Bradenton Marauders (A Adv)
28. Taylor Gushue -- West Virginia Power (A)
29. Steven Brault -- Bradenton Marauders (A Adv)
30. Stetson Allie -- Altoona Curve (AA)

Team to watch
For seven of the Top 30 prospects in the Pirates system, they didn't have to go anywhere to start the Minor League season. The Bradenton Marauders, Pittsburgh's affiliate in the Class A Advanced Florida State League, boasts the most Top 30 guys of any full-season roster in the system. That lucky seven, led by 2013 first-rounders Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire (Nos. 4 and 5 on the list), got to remain in the Pirates' Spring Training home to start the 2015 season.

Teams on MiLB.TV
Indianapolis Indians
Altoona Curve

New faces
The trade of Travis Snider brought in two Top 30 prospects from the Orioles, both left-handed pitchers. Steven Brault (No. 29) will start the year on the Bradenton staff. Stephen Tarpley (No. 23) is also in Bradenton, but as part of Extended Spring Training, awaiting assignment.

On the shelf
No. 2 prospect Jameson Taillon and No. 20 Clay Holmes had Tommy John surgery a few weeks apart. The good news is the two right-handed pitchers were able to rehab together and push each other along the way. Both will get back on the mound competitively this year, with Taillon likely in Triple-A Indianapolis and Holmes joining that stacked Bradenton club.

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.