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Where the Giants' top 30 prospects are starting the season

Where the Giants' top 30 prospects are starting the season

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

1. Christian Arroyo -- Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA)
2. Tyler Beede -- Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA)
3. Phil Bickford -- Augusta GreenJackets (A)
4. Lucius Fox -- Augusta GreenJackets (A)
5. Chris Shaw -- San Jose Giants (A Adv)
6. Sam Coonrod -- San Jose Giants (A Adv)
7. Mac Williamson -- Sacramento River Cats (AAA)
8. Aramis Garcia -- San Jose Giants (A Adv)
9. Andrew Suarez -- San Jose Giants (A Adv)
10. Adalberto Mejia -- Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA)
11. Clayton Blackburn -- Sacramento River Cats (AAA)
12. Jalen Miller -- Augusta GreenJackets (A)
13. Ray Black -- Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA)
14. Chase Johnson -- Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA)
15. Jordan Johnson -- San Jose Giants (A Adv)
16. Steven Okert -- Sacramento River Cats (AAA)
17. Kyle Crick -- Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA)
18. Jarrett Parker -- Sacramento River Cats (AAA)
19. Hunter Cole -- Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA)
20. Austin Slater -- Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA)
21. Joan Gregorio -- Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA)
22. Michael Santos -- Augusta GreenJackets (A)
23. Ty Blach -- Sacramento River Cats (AAA)
24. Mac Marshall -- Augusta GreenJackets (A)
25. Ronnie Jebavy -- San Jose Giants (A Adv)
26. Derek Law -- Sacramento River Cats (AAA)
27. Chris Stratton -- Sacramento River Cats (AAA)
28. Ian Gardeck -- Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA) --DL
29. Jake Smith -- Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA)
30. Dylan Davis -- Augusta GreenJackets (A)

Team to watch
Double-A Richmond boasts the Giants' two best prospects in shortstop Christian Arroyo and right-handed Tyler Beede, as well as plenty of pitching depth. Lefty Adalberto Mejia and righty Chase Johnson will join Beede in the rotation, and the bullpen has a trio of power arms in righties Ray Black, Kyle Crick and Jake Smith. No Minor Leaguer throws harder than Black, who has been clocked as high as 104 mph.

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
Sacramento River Cats
Richmond Flying Squirrels
San Jose Giants

New faces
After signing for $6 million on his 18th birthday last July, Bahamian shortstop Lucius Fox had a minor shoulder issue that prevented him from making his pro debut. He'll do so at low Class A Augusta and San Francisco can't wait to see how his plus-plus speed and solid hitting and defense ability will translate on the field.

On the shelf
Right-hander Ian Gardeck would have given Richmond another live bullpen arm if he hadn't blown out his elbow in March and required Tommy John surgery that will scuttle his season.

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.