Where the Padres' top 30 prospects are starting the season

Where the Padres' top 30 prospects are starting the season

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

1. Manny Margot -- El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA)
2. Javier Guerra -- Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)
3. Hunter Renfroe -- El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA)
4. Ruddy Giron -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)
5. Jose Rondon -- San Antonio Missions (AA)
6. Colin Rea -- San Diego Padres (MLB)
7. Travis Jankowski -- San Diego Padres (MLB)
8. Austin Smith -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)
9. Logan Allen -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)
10. Jacob Nix -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)
11. Michael Gettys -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)
12. Luis Perdomo -- San Diego Padres (MLB)
13. Dinelson Lamet -- Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)
14. Enyel De Los Santos -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)
15. Tayron Guerrero -- El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA)
16. Jabari Blash -- San Diego Padres (MLB)
17. Carlos Asuaje -- El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA)
18. Cory Mazzoni -- El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA)
19. Ryan Butler -- Suspended
20. Nick Torres -- San Antonio Missions (AA)
21. Jose Torres -- Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)
22. Phil Maton -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)
23. Jimmy Brasoban -- Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)
24. Fernando Perez -- Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)
25. Alex Dickerson -- El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA)
26. Jose Carlos Urena -- Suspended
27. Austin Allen -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)
28. Jose Castillo -- Extended spring camp
29. Luis Urias -- Lake Elsinore Storm (A Adv)
30. Jean Cosme -- Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)

Team to watch
The Padres' big league roster, as well as those of the club's Double- and Triple-A affiliates, will be home to half of the club's top 10 prospects in 2016, but the Fort Wayne TinCaps offer the best all-around roster, with nine of the Padres' Top 30 prospects. The TinCaps' starting rotation will feature Austin Smith, Logan Allen, Jacob Nix, Enyel De Los Santos, Phil Maton and Jean Cosme, while shortstop Ruddy Giron and outfielder Michael Gettys headline the team's crop of positional talent.

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
El Paso Chihuahuas
San Antonio Missions

New faces
In December, the Padres acquired Manny Margot, Javier Guerra, Allen and Carlos Asuaje in the Craig Kimbrel trade, and they'll begin spread throughout the system, with Margot and Asuaje closest to the Majors starting at Triple-A El Paso. Rule 5 Draft picks Jabari Blash and Luis Perdomo both made the Padres' Opening Day roster -- and have already debuted -- while De Los Santos and Cosme, acquired by San Diego in separate offseason deals, will open the year in the Midwest League.

On the shelf
Ryan Butler, the Padres' seventh-round Draft pick in 2014, will serve a 50-game suspension to begin the season following a second positive test for a drug of abuse in early February. The right-hander reached Double-A for the first time last season but also missed more than two months with a shoulder injury. He finished the year working out of the bullpen at Lake Elsinore, and then returned to a starting role in the Arizona Fall League.

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.