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Where the Cubs' Top 30 Prospects are starting the season

Where the Cubs' Top 30 Prospects are starting the season

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

1. Gleyber Torres -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
2. Willson Contreras -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
3. Ian Happ -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
4. Duane Underwood -- Extended spring training
5. Albert Almora -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
6. Billy McKinney -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
7. Jeimer Candelario -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
8. Dylan Cease -- Extended spring training
9. Oscar De La Cruz -- Extended spring training
10. Eloy Jimenez -- South Bend Cubs (A)
11. Pierce Johnson -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
12. Donnie Dewees -- South Bend Cubs (A)
13. Bryan Hudson -- Extended spring training
14. D.J. Wilson -- Extended spring training
15. Eddy Julio Martinez -- South Bend Cubs (A)
16. Carl Edwards Jr. -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
17. Justin Steele -- South Bend Cubs (A)
18. Mark Zagunis -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
19. Ryan Williams -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
20. Dan Vogelbach -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
21. Trevor Clifton -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
22. Jake Stinnett -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
23. Carson Sands -- South Bend Cubs (A)
24. Jen-Ho Tseng -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
25. Victor Caratini -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
26. Christian Villanueva -- Chicago Cubs (MLB) -- DL
27. Corey Black -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
28. Jacob Hannemann -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
29. Brad Markey -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
30. Josh Conway -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)

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Team to watch
The Cubs' best prospects are divided almost equally between their four full-season clubs, but Double-A Tennessee has the deepest roster. The Smokies feature nine members of our Cubs Top 30, including a Top 100 overall prospect in outfielder McKinney (No. 87) and a Top 10 third baseman in Candelario. A third top prospect, right-hander Underwood, will join them when he's ready to leave extended spring training.

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
Iowa Cubs
Tennessee Smokies
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
South Bend Cubs

New faces
Martinez, a Cuban defector who signed for $3 million in October, will make his pro debut at Class A South Bend. He'll be part of an all-prospect outfield with Jimenez and Dewees.

On the shelf
Third baseman Villanueva led Cubs farmhands with 20 homers and 95 RBIs in 2015 but will miss all of this season after breaking the fibula in his right leg in February. Underwood and fellow right-hander De La Cruz had some minor soreness and will spend some time in extended spring training. Underwood should join Tennessee in mid-April, while De La Cruz will head to South Bend later in the season.

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.