Where the Nats' top 30 prospects are starting the season

Where the Nats' top 30 prospects are starting the season

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

1. Lucas Giolito -- Extended spring training
2. Michael Taylor -- Washington Nationals (MLB)
3. A.J. Cole -- Syracuse Chiefs (AAA)
4. Reynaldo Lopez -- Extended spring training
5. Joe Ross -- Harrisburg Senators (AA)
6. Erick Fedde -- Extended spring training (DL)
7. Jakson Reetz -- Extended spring training
8. Wilmer Difo -- Potomac Nationals (A Adv)
9. Drew Ward -- Potomac Nationals (A Adv)
10. Austin Voth -- Harrisburg Senators (AA)
11. Pedro Severino -- Harrisburg Senators (AA)
12. Nick Pivetta -- Potomac Nationals (A Adv)
13. Jefry Rodriguez -- Extended spring training
14. Brian Goodwin -- Extended spring training (DL)
15. Victor Robles -- Extended spring training
16. Felipe Rivero -- Syracuse Chiefs (AAA)
17. Drew Vettleson -- Harrisburg Senators (AA)
18. Rafael Bautista -- Potomac Nationals (A Adv)
19. Jake Johansen -- Potomac Nationals (A Adv)
20. Spencer Kieboom -- Potomac Nationals (A Adv)
21. Robbie Dickey -- Extended spring training
22. Matt Skole -- Harrisburg Senators (AA)
23. Tony Renda -- Harrisburg Senators (AA)
24. Anderson Franco -- Extended spring training
25. Taylor Hill -- Syracuse Chiefs (AAA)
26. Raudy Read -- Hagerstown Suns (A)
27. Chris Bostick -- Potomac Nationals (A Adv)
28. Sammy Solis -- Extended spring training
29. Matt Purke -- Harrisburg Senators (AA)
30. Abel De Los Santos -- Harrisburg Senators (AA)

Team to watch
Led by 2014 South Atlantic League Most Valuable Player Wilmer Difo, much of the team that helped Class A Hagerstown reach the league's championship series is back together this season at Class A Advanced Potomac. Difo will again be joined in the lineup by powerful third baseman Drew Ward and speedy outfielder Rafael Bautista, while right-handers Nick Pivetta and Jake Johansen lead the pitching staff.

Teams on MiLB.TV
Syracuse Chiefs
Harrisburg Senators

Remaining in Viera
Right-hander Lucas Giolito, the Nationals' No. 1 prospect and the top ranked pitcher on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, and right-hander Reynaldo Lopez, one of the breakout stars of 2014, will begin the season in extended spring training. Neither is injured, the Nationals just want to be cautious with their precocious power pitchers and are delaying their start to the season by a few weeks. Also staying back for extended spring training is right-hander Erick Fedde, the club's top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, who is still recovering from Tommy John surgery last May.

Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.