Where Astros' Top 30 prospects are starting season

April 4th, 2018

With the 2018 season getting started, here's a look at where the Astros' Top 30 prospects are starting the season:

1. Forrest Whitley (MLB No. 9), RHP -- Suspended

2. (MLB No. 16), OF -- Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)

3. J.B. Bukauskas (MLB No. 77), RHP -- Quad Cities River Bandits (A)

4. Yordan Alvarez, OF/1B -- Corpus Christi Hooks (AA)

5. Freudis Nova, SS/3B -- Extended spring training

6. , LHP -- Corpus Christi Hooks (AA)

7. Jorge Alcala, RHP -- Buies Creek Astros (A Adv)

8. , RHP -- Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)

9. , 3B -- Houston Astros (MLB)

10. Corbin Martin, RHP -- Buies Creek Astros (A Adv)

11. Hector Perez, RHP -- Buies Creek Astros (A Adv)

12. , RHP -- Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)

13. Jairo Solis, RHP -- Extended spring training

14. Joe Perez, 3B -- Extended spring training

15. Ronnie Dawson, OF -- Buies Creek Astros (A Adv)

16. , LHP -- Corpus Christi Hooks (AA)

17. , OF -- Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)

18. Dean Deetz, RHP -- Suspended

19. Cristian Javier, RHP -- Quad Cities River Bandits (A)

20. , RHP -- Corpus Christi Hooks (AA)

21. , OF -- Corpus Christi Hooks (AA)

22. Jonathan Arauz, SS -- Quad Cities River Bandits (A)

23. Gilberto Celestino, OF -- Extended spring training

24. , C -- Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)

25. J.J. Matijevic, OF -- Quad Cities River Bandits (A)

26. , RHP -- Houston Astros (MLB) -- DL

27. Chuckie Robinson, C -- Buies Creek Astros (A Adv)

28. Brett Adcock, LHP -- Buies Creek Astros (A Adv)

29. Abraham Toro-Hernandez, 3B/C -- Buies Creek Astros (A Adv)

30. Brandon Bailey, RHP -- Buies Creek Astros (A Adv)

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Team to watch

Double-A Corpus Christi boasts the best hitter/pitcher combination in the system with precocious outfielder/first baseman Yordan Alvarez and left-hander Cionel Perez. Alvarez batted .304/.379/.481 between two Class A clubs, and he played in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game during his U.S. debut, while Perez made four starts for the Hooks to conclude his first year in the States. Right-hander Forrest Whitley, baseball's top pitching prospect in the Minors, likely will join them once he serves a 50-game suspension for violating the Minor League drug program.

Where baseball's top prospects are starting the 2018 season

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Fresno Grizzlies

Corpus Christi Hooks

Quad Cities River Bandits

New faces

Right-hander Brandon Bailey recorded 120 whiffs in 91 innings with two Class A teams in the Athletics' system last year, then came to the Astros in a November trade for outfield prospect . Third baseman Perez, a second-round pick last June, won't make his pro debut until this summer. He hit 98 mph with his fastball and drew interest as a pitcher last spring before having Tommy John surgery, and Houston believes in his offensive upside.

On the shelf

Besides Whitley, right-hander Deetz also is out with a suspension (80 games) after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Right-hander Gustave is on the big league disabled list as he continues his comeback from Tommy John surgery last June.