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Where the Red Sox's top 30 prospects are starting the season

Where the Red Sox's top 30 prospects are starting the season

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

1. Yoan Moncada -- Salem Red Sox (A Adv)
2. Rafael Devers -- Salem Red Sox (A Adv)
3. Andrew Benintendi -- Salem Red Sox (A Adv)
4. Anderson Espinoza -- Greenville Drive (A)
5. Michael Kopech -- Greenville Drive (A) -- DL
6. Brian Johnson -- Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA)
7. Sam Travis -- Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA)
8. Luis Alexander Basabe -- Greenville Drive (A)
9. Deven Marrero -- Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA)
10. Michael Chavis -- Greenville Drive (A)
11. Travis Lakins -- Salem Red Sox (A Adv)
12. Mauricio Dubon -- Salem Red Sox (A Adv)
13. Marco Hernandez -- Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA)
14. Roniel Raudes -- Greenville Drive (A)
15. Pat Light -- Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA)
16. Josh Ockimey -- Greenville Drive (A)
17. Nick Longhi -- Salem Red Sox (A Adv)
18. Wendell Rijo -- Portland Sea Dogs (AA)
19. Trey Ball -- Salem Red Sox (A Adv) -- DL
20. Williams Jerez -- Portland Sea Dogs (AA)
21. Luis Ysla -- Portland Sea Dogs (AA)
22. Yoan Aybar -- Extended spring camp
23. Henry Ramos -- Portland Sea Dogs (AA)
24. Marc Brakeman -- Extended spring camp
25. Austin Rei -- Greenville Drive (A)
26. Ty Buttrey -- Portland Sea Dogs (AA)
27. Kevin Steen -- Extended spring training
28. Kyle Martin -- Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA)
29. Chandler Shepherd -- Portland Sea Dogs (AA)
30. Bryce Brentz -- Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA) -- DL

Team to watch
High Class A Salem might have the best trio of prospects anywhere in the Minors with second baseman Yoan Moncada (No. 6 on the MLBPipeline.com Top 100, third baseman Rafael Devers (No. 16) and outfielder Andrew Benintendi (No. 24). That club also features three of the more intriguing sleepers in the system in right-hander Travis Lakins, middle infielder Mauricio Dubon and first baseman Nick Longhi.

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
Pawtucket Red Sox
Portland Sea Dogs
Greenville Drive

New faces
Every prospect on our Red Sox Top 30 already has played for the organization. That said, Lakins pitched just two innings and fellow right-hander Marc Brakeman worked only one in their pro debuts last summer. Left-hander Luis Ysla threw just five frames with his new organization after coming over from the Giants in an August trade for Alejandro de Aza.

On the shelf
After missing the end of last season with a 50-game suspension after testing positive for a banned stimulant, right-hander Michael Kopech broke his pitching hand in an altercation with a teammate this spring and won't be able to join a Minor League club before mid-May. Left-hander Trey Ball, the No. 7 overall pick in 2013, is on the same timetable after barely pitching during Spring Training because of a knee injury. Outfielder Bryce Brentz is out with an oblique injury. All three players are on Minor League disabled lists.

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.