Where the Mariners' Top 30 prospects are starting the season

Where the Mariners' Top 30 prospects are starting the season

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

1. Kyle Lewis -- Extended spring camp -- rehab
2. Tyler O'Neill -- Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)
3. Nick Neidert -- Modesto Nuts (A Adv)
4. Mitch Haniger -- Seattle Mariners (MLB)
5. Andrew Moore -- Arkansas Travelers (AA)
6. Max Povse -- Arkansas Travelers (AA)
7. Brayan Hernandez -- Extended spring camp
8. Joe Rizzo -- Extended spring camp
9. Dan Altavilla -- Seattle Mariners (MLB)
10. Dan Vogelbach -- Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)
11. D.J. Peterson -- Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)
12. Thyago Vieira -- Arkansas Travelers (AA)
13. Rob Whalen -- Disabled list
14. Tony Zych -- Disabled list
15. Chase De Jong -- Seattle Mariners (MLB)
16. Braden Bishop -- Modesto Nuts (A Adv)
17. Bryson Brigman -- Clinton Lumberkings (A)
18. Christopher Torres -- Extended spring camp
19. Ben Gamel -- Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)
20. Dillon Overton -- Seattle Mariners (MLB)
21. Brandon Miller -- Clinton Lumberkings (A)
22. Luis Liberato -- Clinton Lumberkings (A)
23. Donnie Walton -- Modesto Nuts (A Adv)
24. Greifer Andrade -- Extended spring camp
25. Boog Powell -- Suspended
26. James Pazos -- Seattle Mariners (MLB)
27. Tyler Marlette -- Arkansas Travelers (AA)
28. Pablo Lopez -- Modesto Nuts (A Adv)
29. Paul Fry -- Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)
30. Nick Wells -- Clinton Lumberkings (A)

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Team to watch
The Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers' offense once again should pack a punch this season thanks to the presence of sluggers O'Neill -- MLBPipeline.com's No. 34 overall prospect and the 2016 Southern League MVP -- Vogelbach and Peterson, as well as top-of-the-order table-setter Gamel. Double-A Arkansas, meanwhile, has the most pitching talent, with right-handers Moore and Povse comprising part of the rotation and flame-thrower Vieira at the back end of the bullpen.

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
Tacoma Rainiers
Arkansas Travelers

New faces
No general manager was busier than Jerry Dipoto during the offseason, as he dealt many of the club's former top prospects for both big leaguers and upper-level prospects capable of influencing the Mariners' success in 2017. Dipoto's moves netted De Jong, Haniger, Overton, Pazos, Povse and Whalen, all of whom, save for Povse, broke camp on the club's active roster.

On the shelf
2016 first-rounder Kyle Lewis is gradually ramping up his activity in extended spring camp as he continues to work his way back from last July's reconstructive knee surgery. Provided his rehab goes according to plan, the Mariners' top prospect (No. 27 overall) could be cleared for game action at some point in July. Both Whalen (right shoulder inflammation) and Zych (right shoulder/biceps surgery) will open the year on the 10-day disabled list -- Zych is ticketed for a rehab assignment at Tacoma out of the gate -- while outfielder Powell will sit out the first five games of the season as he serves the remainder of the 80-game suspension levied against him last June.

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.