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Where the Angels' Top 30 Prospects are starting season

Where the Angels' Top 30 Prospects are starting season

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

1. Taylor Ward -- Inland Empire 66ers (A Adv)
2. Jahmai Jones -- Extended spring camp
3. Nate Smith -- Salt Lake Bees (AAA)
4. Victor Alcantara -- Arkansas Travelers (AA)
5. Kaleb Cowart -- Salt Lake Bees (AAA)
6. Joe Gatto -- Burlington Bees (A)
7. Kyle Kubitza -- Salt Lake Bees (AAA)
8. Jake Jewell -- Inland Empire 66ers (A Adv)
9. Chad Hinshaw -- Arkansas Travelers (AA)
10. David Fletcher -- Inland Empire 66ers (A Adv)
11. Roberto Baldoquin -- Inland Empire 66ers (A Adv)
12. Greg Mahle -- Salt Lake Bees (AAA)
13. Grayson Long -- Burlington Bees (A)
14. Jaime Barria -- Burlington Bees (A)
15. Julio Garcia -- Extended spring camp
16. Kyle McGowin -- Arkansas Travelers (AA)
17. Brendon Sanger -- Burlington Bees (A)
18. Jared Foster -- Burlington Bees (A) -- DL
19. Jeremy Rhoades -- Inland Empire 66ers (A Adv)
20. Kyle Survance -- Inland Empire 66ers (A Adv) -- DL
21. Caleb Adams -- Inland Empire 66ers (A Adv)
22. Rafael Ortega -- Extended spring camp
23. Jett Bandy -- Salt Lake Bees (AAA)
24. Justin Anderson -- Inland Empire 66ers (A Adv)
25. Jose Suarez -- Extended spring camp
26. Sam Pastrone -- Extended spring camp
27. Jake Yacinich -- Burlington Bees (A) -- DL
28. Todd Cunningham -- Salt Lake Bees (AAA)
29. Alex Yarbrough -- Salt Lake Bees (AAA)
30. Adam Hofacket -- Burlington Bees (A)

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Team to watch
The California League can be an exciting circuit to watch, because it is so offensive-minded. Keeping track of Inland Empire, then, should be fun, especially to see what 2015 first-round pick Taylor Ward does for an encore after hitting .348/.457/.438 during his pro debut last summer. He'll be joined by fellow 2015 Draft pick David Fletcher, a sixth-rounder who hit .311/.377/.414 in his own debut. With everyone healthy, the 66ers could have eight of the Angels' Top 30 on the roster.

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
Salt Lake Bees
Arkansas Travelers
Orem Owlz

New faces
General manager Billy Eppler's first move with the Angels was a waiver claim, picking up outfielder Todd Cunningham from the Braves. Despite a sore wrist, he made a solid impression in big league camp this spring and will wait for a callup while playing for Triple-A Salt Lake.

On the shelf
A trio of college bats taken over the past two Drafts are starting the year on the disabled list. Jake Yacinich, a 2014 draftee, is nursing a sore shoulder. Jared Foster, a 2015 fifth-rounder, cut his knee near the end of camp. He and Yacinich will likely head to Burlington and the Midwest League when they are ready to go. Kyle Survance, last year's eighth-round pick, should head to Inland Empire once his pulled hamstring has healed.

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.