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Jonathan Mayo

Where the Twins' top 30 prospects are starting the season

Where the Twins' top 30 prospects are starting the season

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

1. Byron Buxton -- Chattanooga Lookouts (AA)
2. Miguel Sano -- Chattanooga Lookouts (AA)
3. Alex Meyer -- Rochester Red Wings (AAA)
4. Jose Berrios -- Chattanooga Lookouts (AA)
5. Nick Gordon -- Cedar Rapids Kernels (A)
6. Kohl Stewart -- Fort Myers Miracle (A Adv)
7. Jorge Polanco -- Chattanooga Lookouts (AA)
8. Nick Burdi -- Chattanooga Lookouts (AA)
9. Eddie Rosario -- Rochester Red Wings (AAA)
10. Lewis Thorpe -- Cedar Rapids Kernels (A) -- DL
11. Trevor May -- Rochester Red Wings (AAA)
12. Stephen Gonsalves -- Cedar Rapids Kernels (A)
13. Jake Reed -- Chattanooga Lookouts (AA)
14. Adam Brett Walker III -- Chattanooga Lookouts (AA)
15. Stuart Turner -- Chattanooga Lookouts (AA)
16. Max Kepler -- Chattanooga Lookouts (AA)
17. J.R. Graham -- Minnesota Twins (MLB)
18. Travis Harrison -- Chattanooga Lookouts (AA)
19. Taylor Rogers -- Rochester Red Wings (AAA)
20. Tyler Duffey -- Chattanooga Lookouts (AA)
21. Fernando Romero -- Cedar Rapids Kernels (A) -- DL
22. J.T. Chargois -- Fort Myers Miracle (A Adv)
23. Amaurys Minier -- Extended spring training
24. Chih-Wei Hu -- Fort Myers Miracle (A Adv)
25. Zack Jones -- Chattanooga Lookouts (AA)
26. Jason Wheeler -- Rochester Red Wings (AAA)
27. Mason Melotakis -- Chattanooga Lookouts (AA) -- DL
28. Zack Larson -- Cedar Rapids Kernels (A)
29. Niko Goodrum -- Fort Myers Miracle (A Adv)
30. Logan Darnell -- Rochester Red Wings (AAA)

Team to watch
Twins fans will be on the lookout for Lookouts at the start of the 2015 season. The organization's new Double-A affiliate, the Chattanooga Lookouts, have no fewer than a dozen Top 30 prospects on their roster. It starts, of course, with the No. 1 prospect in baseball, Byron Buxton, but also includes Miguel Sano (No. 11 overall, No. 2 Twins) and No. 4 Twins prospect Jose Berrios (No. 33 overall).

Teams on MiLB.TV
Rochester Red Wings

New faces
Having players from the previous year's Draft on a Top 30 list is certainly nothing unusual, but having two in Double-A is slightly less common. Some of that has to do with the Twins' penchant for college reliever types. Nick Burdi (No. 8) and Jake Reed (No. 13) will both start the year pitching out of Chattanooga's bullpen, but they might not be there long.

On the shelf
The Twins have a trio of pitchers coming back from Tommy John surgery. No. 10 prospect Lewis Thorpe tried to rehab his elbow, and early reports were that he was throwing well in Spring Training before he went under the knife. Fernando Romero (No. 21) will miss most of the 2015 season after having the operation last year, and lefty Mason Melotakis (27) had his surgery at the end of the 2014 campaign.

Jonathan Mayo is an MLB.com Draft and prospect expert. He has been a reporter for MLB.com since 1999.

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