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Where the Rangers' Top 30 Prospects are starting the season

Where the Rangers' Top 30 Prospects are starting the season

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

1. Joey Gallo -- Round Rock Express (AAA)
2. Lewis Brinson -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
3. Nomar Mazara -- Round Rock Express (AAA)
4. Dillon Tate -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
5. Luis Ortiz -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
6. Jairo Beras -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
7. Eric Jenkins -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
8. Michael Matuella -- Extended spring camp
9. Leody Taveras -- Extended spring camp
10. Josh Morgan -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
11. Brett Martin -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
12. Yeyson Yrizarri -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
13. Ariel Jurado -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
14. Yohander Mendez -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
15. Ryan Cordell -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
16. Andy Ibanez -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
17. Luke Jackson -- Texas Rangers (MLB) -- DL
18. Andrew Faulkner -- Texas Rangers (MLB)
19. Evan Van Hoosier -- Suspended
20. Michael De Leon -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
21. Travis Demeritte -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
22. Jose Trevino -- High Desert Mavericks (A Adv)
23. Ronald Guzman -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
24. Patrick Kivlehan -- Round Rock Express (AAA)
25. Jose Leclerc -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
26. Sam Wolff -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
27. Connor Sadzeck -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
28. Jonathan Hernandez -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
29. Pedro Payano -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
30. Ti'Quan Forbes -- Hickory Crawdads (A)

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Team to watch
Triple-A Round Rock has three potential superstars in slugging third baseman Joey Gallo, classic right fielder Nomar Mazara and do-everything middle infielder Jurickson Profar. Gallo is No. 8 and Mazara is No. 17 on the MLBPipeline.com Top 100. Profar, who no longer qualifies as a prospect but ranked No. 1 on the Top 100 three years ago, missed most of the last two years with a shoulder injury.

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
Round Rock Express
Frisco RoughRiders

New faces
Signed for $1.6 million last July, Cuban second baseman Andy Ibanez will break into pro ball at Class A Hickory. Right-hander Michael Matuella, who might have been the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 Draft if he hadn't needed Tommy John surgery last April, will return to the mound in June at Hickory or short-season Spokane. Toolsy Dominican outfielder Leody Taveras, signed for $2.1 million last July, will make his pro debut this summer. Corner infielder/outfielder Patrick Kivlehan will begin in Triple-A after joining the Rangers in December as the player to be named in the Tom Wilhelmsen /Leonys Martin trade with the Mariners.

On the shelf
Besides Matuella, Texas' only other Top 30 Prospect who's not physically ready to start the season is right-hander Luke Jackson. He came down with a stress reaction in his lower back during Spring Training and hopes to join Round Rock in mid-April. He's not hurt, but second baseman Evan Van Hoosier will miss most of the first two months of the season while finishing a 50-game suspension after a positive test for amphetamines and a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

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.