Where the Rays' Top 30 prospects are starting the season

Where the Rays' Top 30 prospects are starting the season

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

1. Willy Adames -- Durham Bulls (AAA)
2. Brent Honeywell -- Montgomery Biscuits (AA)
3. Jose De Leon -- Disabled list
4. Jake Bauers -- Durham Bulls (AAA)
5. Casey Gillaspie -- Durham Bulls (AAA)
6. Joshua Lowe -- Bowling Green Hot Rods (A)
7. Jesus Sanchez -- Bowling Green Hot Rods (A)
8. Chih-Wei Hu -- Durham Bulls (AAA)
9. Jacob Faria -- Durham Bulls (AAA)
10. Justin Williams -- Montgomery Biscuits (AA)
11. Garrett Whitley -- Bowling Green Hot Rods (A)
12. Austin Franklin -- Extended spring camp
13. Adrian Rondon -- Bowling Green Hot Rods (A)
14. Lucius Fox -- Bowling Green Hot Rods (A)
15. Jaime Schultz -- Durham Bulls (AAA)
16. Ryne Stanek -- Durham Bulls (AAA)
17. Daniel Robertson -- Tampa Bay Rays (MLB)
18. Taylor Guerrieri -- Durham Bulls (AAA)
19. Kevin Padlo -- Charlotte Stone Crabs (A Adv)
20. Joe McCarthy -- Montgomery Biscuits (AA)
21. Nick Ciuffo -- Montgomery Biscuits (AA)
22. David Rodriguez -- Charlotte Stone Crabs (A Adv)
23. Kevin Gadea -- Disabled list
24. Ryan Yarbrough -- Durham Bulls (AAA)
25. Jake Fraley -- Charlotte Stone Crabs (A Adv)
26. Chris Betts -- Extended spring camp
27. Hunter Wood -- Montgomery Biscuits (AA)
28. Greg Harris -- Montgomery Biscuits (AA)
29. Genesis Cabrera -- Charlotte Stone Crabs (A Adv)
30. Ryan Boldt -- Charlotte Stone Crabs (A Adv)

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Team to watch
Nine of the Rays' Top 30 prospects, including five players ranked in the Top 10, are ticketed for Triple-A Durham to begin the season. The group includes three of the club's five Top 100 prospects in Willy Adames (No. 20), Jake Bauers (No. 73) and Casey Gillaspie (No. 100), as well as a host of potential 2017 contributors such as right-handers Chih-Wei Hu, Jacob Faria, Jaime Schultz and Ryne Stanek.

Top prospects' starting spots
Division Teams
NL East ATL, MIA, NYM, PHI, WAS
AL East BAL, BOS, NYY, TB, TOR
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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
Durham Bulls
Montgomery Biscuits

New faces
The Rays added a high-ceiling pitching prospect during the offseason in De Leon, acquiring him from the Dodgers for Logan Forsythe in January. Fox, a 19-year-old shortstop who came over from the Giants at the Trade Deadline in the Matt Moore deal, is set to make his organizational debut with Class A Bowling Green after being sidelined with a foot injury late last season. Tampa Bay also added Gadea in December's Rule 5 Draft, plucking the 22-year-old righty from Seattle's system.

On the shelf
Jose De Leon (No. 31 overall) was ticketed for Durham's rotation before it was announced he'd begin the season on the disabled list with minor discomfort in his right flexor muscle. Gadea, meanwhile, was likely to be returned to the Mariners until he came down with right forearm tendinitis towards the end of camp. As a result, he'll now begin the season on the 60-day disabled list and won't be eligible to return until June, allowing the Rays extra time to evaluate his health and overall progress.

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.