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Where the Tigers' top 30 prospects are starting the season

Where the Tigers' top 30 prospects are starting the season

With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Tigers' Top 30 Prospects are projected to start the season:

1. Michael Fulmer -- Toledo Mud Hens (AAA)
2. Beau Burrows -- West Michigan Whitecaps (A)
3. Derek Hill -- West Michigan Whitecaps (A)
4. Christin Stewart -- Lakeland Flying Tigers (A Adv)
5. Mike Gerber -- Lakeland Flying Tigers (A Adv)
6. Kevin Ziomek -- Erie SeaWolves (AA) -- DL
7. Spencer Turnbull -- Lakeland Flying Tigers (A Adv) -- DL
8. JaCoby Jones -- Suspended
9. Joe Jimenez -- Lakeland Flying Tigers (A Adv)
10. Steven Moya -- Toledo Mud Hens (AAA)
11. Jairo Labourt -- Lakeland Flying Tigers (A Adv)
12. Dixon Machado -- Toledo Mud Hens (AAA)
13. Drew VerHagen -- Detroit Tigers (MLB)
14. Zach Shepherd -- Lakeland Flying Tigers (A Adv)
15. Tyler Alexander -- Lakeland Flying Tigers (A Adv)
16. Drew Smith -- West Michigan Whitecaps (A) -- DL
17. Austin Kubitza -- Erie SeaWolves (AA)
18. A.J. Simcox -- Lakeland Flying Tigers (A Adv)
19. Jose Azocar -- West Michigan Whitecaps (A)
20. Kade Scivicque -- Lakeland Flying Tigers (A Adv)
21. Sandy Baez -- West Michigan Whitecaps (A)
22. Artie Lewicki -- Lakeland Flying Tigers (A Adv)
23. Wynton Bernard -- Toledo Mud Hens (AAA)
24. Adam Ravenelle -- Lakeland Flying Tigers (A Adv)
25. Gerson Moreno -- West Michigan Whitecaps (A)
26. Myles Jaye -- Erie SeaWolves (AA)
27. Montreal Robertson -- Erie SeaWolves (AA) -- DL
28. Jose Valdez -- Toledo Mud Hens (AAA)
29. Arvicent Perez -- West Michigan Whitecaps (A)
30. Dominic Ficociello -- Erie SeaWolves (AA)

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Team to watch
A total of 10 of the Tigers' Top 30 will suit up for the Lakeland Flying Tigers to start 2016, and that number will jump to 11 when Spencer Turnbull returns from the disabled list. The list includes four members of Detroit's 2015 Draft class, led by first-round pick Christin Stewart. Several others, headlined by Mike Gerber, were a part of the West Michigan team that won the Midwest League title in 2015.

Top prospects' starting spots
Division Teams
NL East ATL, MIA, NYM, PHI, WAS
AL East BAL, BOS, NYY, TB, TOR
NL Central CHC, CIN , MIL, PIT, STL
AL Central CLE, CWS, DET, KC, MIN
NL West ARI, COL, LAD, SD, SF
AL West HOU, LAA, OAK, SEA, TEX
Top 100 Prospects

Teams on MiLB.TV
Toledo Mud Hens
Erie SeaWolves
West Michigan Whitecaps

New faces
Myles Jaye just joined the organization in the Bryan Holaday deal. He should be ready to help out the big league club at some point this season, either as a starter or perhaps a middle-relief type.

On the shelf
A few of the Tigers' better pitching prospects are beginning the year on the disabled list. Kevin Ziomek, 2015 draftee Drew Smith and reliever Montreal Robertson are dealing with shoulder issues. Ziomek and Robertson will head to Double-A when healthy, while Smith will begin his first full season with Class A West Michigan.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.