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Where the Rangers' top 30 prospects are starting the season

Where the Rangers' top 30 prospects are starting the season

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

1. Joey Gallo -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA) -- DL
2. Jorge Alfaro -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
3. Nomar Mazara -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
4. Jake Thompson -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
5. Alex Gonzalez -- Round Rock Express (AAA)
6. Lewis Brinson -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
7. Nick Williams -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
8. Luke Jackson -- Round Rock Express (AAA)
9. Ryan Rua -- Texas Rangers (MLB)
10. Luis Ortiz -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
11. Anthony Ranaudo -- Round Rock Express (AAA)
12. Ryan Cordell -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
13. Travis Demeritte -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
14. Josh Morgan -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
15. Yeyson Yrizarri -- Extended spring training
16. Keone Kela -- Texas Rangers (MLB)
17. Andrew Faulkner -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
18. Delino DeShields Jr. -- Texas Rangers (MLB)
19. Michael DeLeon -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
20. Ti'Quan Forbes -- Extended spring training
21. Jerad Eickhoff -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
22. Evan Van Hoosier -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
23. Jose Leclerc -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
24. Alec Asher -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
25. Jairo Beras -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
26. Ronald Guzman -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
27. Brett Martin -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
28. Yohander Mendez -- Extended spring training
29. Lisalverto Bonilla -- Texas Rangers (MLB) -- DL
30. Hanser Alberto -- Round Rock Express (AAA)

Team to watch
Few Minor League teams will have a more fearsome heart of a batting order than the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders, who will be powered by third baseman Joey Gallo, catcher Jorge Alfaro and outfielders Nomar Mazara and Nick Williams. Right-hander Jake Thompson gives Frisco a Top 100 Prospect on the mound, and left-hander Andrew Faulkner and righties Jerad Eickhoff and Alec Asher also rank among the best arms in the system.

Teams on MiLB.TV
Round Rock Express
Frisco RoughRiders

New faces
The Rangers drafted right-hander Anthony Ranaudo out of high school in 2007 but didn't get him until they traded Robbie Ross to the Red Sox in January. He's now with the Triple-A Round Rock Express and should surface in Arlington later this year. Speedy outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. is already with the big league club after sticking as a Rule 5 pick from the Astros.

On the shelf
Gallo has as much raw power as anyone in baseball, but he won't get to unleash it until the end of the month. He's recovering from April 3 surgery to remove a small bone from his left heel.

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.