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Where the Reds' top 30 prospects are starting the season

Where the Reds' top 30 prospects are starting the season

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

1. Jesse Winker -- Louisville Bats (AAA)
2. Robert Stephenson -- Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
3. Cody Reed -- Louisville Bats (AAA)
4. Amir Garrett -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
5. Jose Peraza -- Louisville Bats (AAA)
6. Keury Mella -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)
7. Tyler Stephenson -- Dayton Dragons (A)
8. Alex Blandino -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA) -- DL
9. Nicholas Travieso -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
10. Phil Ervin -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
11. Tyler Mahle -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)
12. Rookie Davis -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
13. Yorman Rodriguez -- Cincinnati Reds (MLB) -- DL
14. Eric Jagielo -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
15. Sal Romano -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
16. Scott Schebler -- Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
17. Blake Trahan -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)
18. Antonio Santillan -- Extended spring camp
19. Taylor Sparks -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)
20. John Lamb -- Cincinnati Reds (MLB) -- DL
21. Zack Weiss -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
22. Nick Howard -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)
23. Aristides Aquino -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)
24. Jon Moscot -- Cincinnati Reds (MLB) -- DL
25. Jonathon Crawford -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv) -- DL
26. Kyle Waldrop -- Louisville Bats (AAA)
27. Gavin LaValley -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv) -- DL
28. Ian Kahaloa -- Extended spring camp
29. Carlton Daal -- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)
30. Wyatt Strahan -- Daytona Tortugas (A Adv)

Team to watch
Pensacola has the most amount of Top 30 prospects, with nine when everyone is healthy. But for top-end talent, Louisville might be the team to follow. Three of the top five in the system -- all Top 100 types -- will be Bats at the start of the season. The Reds are in rebuilding mode and there are many pieces who will be key to that rebuild in Louisville, led by Jesse Winker, Cody Reed and Jose Peraza.

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
Louisville Bats
Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Dayton Dragons

New faces
A pair of trades brought in four new members of the Top 30. The deal that sent Todd Frazier to the White Sox netted Peraza and Scott Schebler from the Dodgers. Then the Aroldis Chapman trade with the Yankees brought Rookie Davis and Eric Jagielo in return. 

On the shelf
Yorman Rodriguez is out of options, so his hamstring injury at least allowed the Reds to delay a decision about the outfielder. Lefty John Lamb is still rehabbing from surgery to repair a bulging disc in his back. He could be back by the end of the month. Jonathon Crawford (shoulder) and Gavin LaValley (hamstring) will play in Daytona once they're healthy, while 2014 first-rounder Alex Blandino (hamstring) will head to Pensacola when he has a clean bill of health.

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.