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Where the D-backs' Top 30 prospects are starting the season

Where the D-backs' Top 30 prospects are starting the season

With the 2017 season getting started, here's a look at where the D-backs' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season:

1. Anthony Banda -- Reno Aces (AAA)
2. Domingo Leyba -- Jackson Generals (AA)
3. Jasrado Chisholm -- Kane County Cougars (A)
4. Dawel Lugo -- Jackson Generals (AA)
5. Taylor Clarke -- Jackson Generals (AA)
6. Socrates Brito -- Disabled list
7. Brad Keller -- Jackson Generals (AA)
8. Jon Duplantier -- Kane County Cougars (A)
9. Anfernee Grier -- Kane County Cougars (A)
10. Jared Miller -- Jackson Generals (AA)
11. Alex Young -- Jackson Generals (AA)
12. Curtis Taylor -- Extended spring training
13. Jimmie Sherfy -- Reno Aces (AAA)
14. Victor Reyes -- Jackson Generals (AA)
15. Sergio Alcantara -- Visalia Rawhide (A Adv)
16. Andy Yerzy -- Extended spring training
17. Matthew Koch -- Reno Aces (AAA)
18. Jack Reinheimer -- Reno Aces (AAA)
19. Cody Reed -- Kane County Cougars (A)
20. Mack Lemieux -- Extended spring training
21. Marcus Wilson -- Kane County Cougars (A)
22. Jhoan Duran -- Kane County Cougars (A)
23. Jose Herrera -- Kane County Cougars (A)
24. Frank Duncan -- Reno Aces (AAA)
25. Wei-Chieh Huang -- Kane County Cougars (A)
26. Justin Donatella -- Visalia Rawhide (A Adv)
27. Gabriel Maciel -- Extended spring training
28. Ildemaro Vargas -- Reno Aces (AAA)
29. Tyler Mark -- Kane County Cougars (A)
30. Christian Walker -- Reno Aces (AAA)

Complete D-backs prospect coverage on MLBPipeline.com/D-backs

Team to watch
The D-backs have a total of nine players from the Top 30 who will start the year in the Class A Midwest League. That Kane County roster includes three from the Top 10: Jasrado Chisholm and 2016 draftees Jon Duplantier and Anfernie Grier. If guys closer to the big leagues is of more interest, head to Jackson. The Generals have eight Top 30 players, including seven of the Top 15.

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
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Teams on MiLB.TV
Reno Aces
Jackson Generals
Kane County Cougars

New faces
The D-backs added a couple of players as the 2017 seasoned crept closer. In February, right-hander Frank Duncan came from the Pirates in the Phil Gosselin trade. Then, as Spring Training was drawing to a close, they claimed first baseman Christian Walker from the Reds. The D-backs were able to get Walker through waivers and sent him to Reno, where he'll be teammates with Duncan.

On the shelf
Outfielder Socrates Brito broke through to the big leagues in 2015 and made the Opening Day roster in 2016, but he's had some injury troubles since. The most recent one is a dislocated finger suffered while diving into home during Spring Training. It required surgery and he was placed on the 60-day disabled list as a result.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.