Where the Indians' top 30 prospects are starting the season

Where the Indians' top 30 prospects are starting the season

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

1. Bradley Zimmer -- Akron RubberDucks (AA)
2. Clint Frazier -- Akron RubberDucks (AA)
3. Bobby Bradley -- Lynchburg Hillcats (A Adv)
4. Brady Aiken -- Extended spring camp
5. Justus Sheffield -- Lynchburg Hillcats (A Adv)
6. Triston McKenzie -- Extended spring camp
7. Mike Clevinger -- Columbus Clippers (AAA)
8. Francisco Mejia -- Lake County Captains (A)
9. Tyler Naquin -- Cleveland Indians (MLB)
10. Rob Kaminsky -- Akron RubberDucks (AA)
11. Juan Hillman -- Extended spring camp
12. Erik Gonzalez -- Columbus Clippers (AAA)
13. Yu-Cheng Chang -- Lynchburg Hillcats (A Adv)
14. Yandy Diaz -- Akron RubberDucks (AA)
15. Adam Plutko -- Akron RubberDucks (AA)
16. Shawn Morimando -- Akron RubberDucks (AA)
17. Mark Mathias -- Lynchburg Hillcats (A Adv)
18. Mike Papi -- Lynchburg Hillcats (A Adv)
19. Nellie Rodriguez -- Akron RubberDucks (AA)
20. Greg Allen -- Lynchburg Hillcats (A Adv)
21. Luke Wakamatsu -- Extended spring camp
22. Tyler Krieger -- Lake County Captains (A)
23. Willi Castro -- Lake County Captains (A)
24. Shawn Armstrong -- Columbus Clippers (AAA)
25. Dylan Baker -- Akron RubberDucks (AA) -- DL
26. Luis Lugo -- Lynchburg Hillcats (A Adv)
27. James Ramsey -- Columbus Clippers (AAA)
28. Ryan Merritt -- Columbus Clippers (AAA)
29. Dorssys Paulino -- Lynchburg Hillcats (A Adv)
30. Casey Shane -- Lake County Captains (A)

Team to watch
The Akron RubberDucks' projected roster is loaded with impact talents including the clubs' top two prospects, Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier -- the Indians' first-round Draft picks from 2013 and '14, respectively -- as well as hitters Yandy Diaz and Nellie Rodriguez and starting pitchers Rob Kaminsky, Adam Plutko and Shawn Morimando. Not to be outdone, the Lynchburg Hillcats also have a prospect-heavy roster that features eight members of the Tribe's Top 30.

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
Columbus Clippers
Akron RubberDucks

New faces
Though they're technically not new to the organization, 2015 Draftees Brady Aiken and Tyler Krieger both will embark on their first pro assignments this season -- Aiken much later in the year -- after injuries kept them from making their debuts last summer.

On the shelf
The Indians took Aiken with the No. 17 overall pick in 2015, a year after the left-hander turned down the opportunity to sign with the Astros as the No. 1 overall pick the previous year. After undergoing Tommy John surgery last March, Aiken will continue to work his way back at the team's Spring Training complex before an eventual Minor League assignment later in the year. Also beginning the year on the shelf is right-hander Dylan Baker, who underwent Tommy John surgery last April after just one start.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.