Where the Brewers' Top 30 prospects are starting the season

Where the Brewers' Top 30 prospects are starting the season

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

1. Lewis Brinson -- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA)
2. Corey Ray -- Extended spring training -- rehab
3. Josh Hader -- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA)
4. Luis Ortiz -- Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
5. Isan Diaz -- Carolina Mudcats (A Adv)
6. Trent Clark -- Carolina Mudcats (A Adv)
7. Lucas Erceg -- Carolina Mudcats (A Adv)
8. Brandon Woodruff -- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA)
9. Mauricio Dubon -- Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
10. Brett Phillips -- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA)
11. Marcos Diplan -- Carolina Mudcats (A Adv)
12. Phil Bickford -- Suspended
13. Jorge Lopez -- Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
14. Jacob Nottingham -- Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
15. Cody Ponce -- Carolina Mudcats (A Adv)
16. Ryan Cordell -- Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA)
17. Gilbert Lara -- Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A)
18. Kodi Medeiros -- Carolina Mudcats (A Adv)
19. Freddy Peralta -- Carolina Mudcats (A Adv)
20. Corbin Burnes -- Carolina Mudcats (A Adv)
21. Josh Pennington -- Extended spring training -- rehab
22. Monte Harrison -- Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A)
23. Mario Feliciano -- Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A)
24. Demi Orimoloye -- Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A)
25. Jake Gatewood -- Carolina Mudcats (A Adv)
26. Nathan Kirby -- Extended spring training
27. Devin Williams -- Disabled list
28. Michael Reed -- Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
29. Trey Supak -- Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A)
30. Chad McClanahan -- Extended spring training

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Team to watch
The Carolina Mudcats' Opening Day roster features nine of the Brewers' Top 30 prospects, a group highlighted by a wave of talented young hitters in Isan Diaz (MLBPipeline.com's No. 63 overall prospect), Trent Clark and Lucas Erceg. First-rounder (2016) Corey Ray (No. 28 overall) is likely to head there as well once he completes his rehab in extended spring training. And with a rotation that could include Marcos Diplan, Cody Ponce, Kodi Medeiros, Freddy Peralta and Corbin Burnes, the Mudcats also will have plenty of talent on the mound.

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New faces
General manager David Stearns continued to add potentially impactful prospects to an already loaded system during December's Winter Meetings, acquiring shortstop Mauricio Dubon and right-hander Josh Pennington -- along with big leaguer Travis Shaw and a PTBNL -- for reliever Tyler Thornburg. Dubon, 22, is set to make his organizational debut with Double-A Biloxi after batting .339/.371/.538 over 62 games last season with Double-A Portland.

On the shelf
Pennington, meanwhile, will begin the season rehabbing in extended spring training. The 21-year-old underwent surgery to remove a bone chip in his elbow following the 2016 season. Ray had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee in October and spent much of the spring rehabbing. Though he's fully healthy and returned to game action late in March, the Brewers will hold him back in extended to begin the year. The news is less optimistic for right-hander Devin Williams, who'll miss all of 2017 after recently undergoing Tommy John surgery, and Phil Bickford will sit out the first 50 games of the season as a result of his second positive test for a drug of abuse last December.

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.