Where the Indians' Top 30 prospects are starting the season

Where the Indians' Top 30 prospects are starting the season

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

1. Bradley Zimmer -- Columbus Clippers (AAA)
2. Francisco Mejia -- Akron RubberDucks (AA)
3. Triston McKenzie -- Lynchburg Hillcats (A Adv)
4. Bobby Bradley -- Akron RubberDucks (AA)
5. Brady Aiken -- Lake County Captains (A)
6. Nolan Jones -- Extended spring training
7. Will Benson -- Extended spring training
8. Erik Gonzalez -- Columbus Clippers (AAA)
9. Greg Allen -- Akron RubberDucks (AA)
10. Yandy Diaz -- Cleveland Indians (MLB)
11. Yu-Cheng Chang -- Akron RubberDucks (AA)
12. Juan Hillman -- Lake County Captains (A)
13. Willi Castro -- Lynchburg Hillcats (A Adv)
14. Rob Kaminsky -- Akron RubberDucks (AA)
15. Adam Plutko -- Columbus Clippers (AAA)
16. Shane Bieber -- Lake County Captains (A)
17. Shawn Morimando -- Columbus Clippers (AAA)
18. Tyler Krieger -- Akron RubberDucks (AA)
19. Mark Mathias -- Extended spring training--rehab
20. Gabriel Mejia -- Lake County Captains (A)
21. Aaron Civale -- Lake County Captains (A)
22. Logan Ice -- Lake County Captains (A)
23. Ryan Merritt -- Columbus Clippers (AAA)
24. Shawn Armstrong -- Cleveland Indians (MLB)
25. Julian Merryweather -- Akron RubberDucks (AA)
26. Nellie Rodriguez -- Columbus Clippers (AAA)
27. Oscar Gonzalez -- Extended spring training
28. Andrew Calica -- Lynchburg Hillcats (A Adv)
29. Micah Miniard -- Lake County Captains (A)
30. Conner Capel -- Lake County Captains (A)

• Complete Indians' prospect coverage on MLBPipeline.com/Indians

Team to watch
The Indians have talent spread throughout their system, but no affiliate offers a better collection of prospects for viewing than Double-A Akron. The RubberDucks will house seven of the Tribe's Top 30 prospects, including two of the club's four Top 100 prospects in Francisco Mejia and Bobby Bradley, as well as speedy outfielder Greg Allen and infielders Yu-Cheng Chang and Tyler Krieger.

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' starting spots
49 top prospects make MLB rosters
MiLB Opening Day preview
Top 10 most stacked rosters in MiLB

Teams on MiLB.TV
Columbus Clippers
Akron RubberDucks

New faces
None

On the shelf
Mark Mathias suffered a dislocated left shoulder and a slight tear in his labrum while diving for a ground ball in a Cactus League game on March 11. Though he's avoided surgery, the 22-year-old infielder is expected to need at least four weeks to rehab the injury.

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.