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Where Cards' Top 30 prospects are starting season

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

1. Alex Reyes (MLB No. 17), RHP -- St. Louis Cardinals (MLB) -- DL
2. Jack Flaherty (MLB No. 38), RHP -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)*
3. Carson Kelly (MLB No. 46), C -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
4. Tyler O'Neill (MLB No. 94), OF -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
5. Harrison Bader, OF -- St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)
6. Dakota Hudson, RHP -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
7. Jordan Hicks, RHP -- St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)
8. Ryan Helsley, RHP -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)
9. Andrew Knizner, C -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)
10. Max Schrock, 2B -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
11. Randy Arozarena, OF/2B -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)
12. Yairo Munoz, SS -- St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)
13. Oscar Mercado, OF -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
14. Austin Gomber, LHP -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
15. Junior Fernandez, RHP -- Palm Beach Cardinals (A)
16. Edmundo Sosa, SS -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)
17. Jonathan Machado, OF -- Peoria Chiefs (A)
18. Dylan Carlson, OF -- Peoria Chiefs (A)
19. Wadye Ynfante, OF -- Extended spring training
20. Alvaro Seijas, RHP -- Peoria Chiefs (A)
21. Conner Greene, RHP -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)
22. Jake Woodford, RHP -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)
23. Connor Jones, RHP -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
24. Johan Oviedo, RHP -- Peoria Chiefs (A)
25. Delvin Perez, SS -- Extended spring training
26. Tommy Edman, SS -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)
27. Zach Jackson, C -- Extended spring training
28. Derian Gonzalez, RHP -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)
29. Ryan Sherriff, LHP -- St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)
30. Casey Meisner, RHP -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)

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

1. Alex Reyes (MLB No. 17), RHP -- St. Louis Cardinals (MLB) -- DL
2. Jack Flaherty (MLB No. 38), RHP -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)*
3. Carson Kelly (MLB No. 46), C -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
4. Tyler O'Neill (MLB No. 94), OF -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
5. Harrison Bader, OF -- St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)
6. Dakota Hudson, RHP -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
7. Jordan Hicks, RHP -- St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)
8. Ryan Helsley, RHP -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)
9. Andrew Knizner, C -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)
10. Max Schrock, 2B -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
11. Randy Arozarena, OF/2B -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)
12. Yairo Munoz, SS -- St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)
13. Oscar Mercado, OF -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
14. Austin Gomber, LHP -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
15. Junior Fernandez, RHP -- Palm Beach Cardinals (A)
16. Edmundo Sosa, SS -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)
17. Jonathan Machado, OF -- Peoria Chiefs (A)
18. Dylan Carlson, OF -- Peoria Chiefs (A)
19. Wadye Ynfante, OF -- Extended spring training
20. Alvaro Seijas, RHP -- Peoria Chiefs (A)
21. Conner Greene, RHP -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)
22. Jake Woodford, RHP -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)
23. Connor Jones, RHP -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
24. Johan Oviedo, RHP -- Peoria Chiefs (A)
25. Delvin Perez, SS -- Extended spring training
26. Tommy Edman, SS -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)
27. Zach Jackson, C -- Extended spring training
28. Derian Gonzalez, RHP -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)
29. Ryan Sherriff, LHP -- St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)
30. Casey Meisner, RHP -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)

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Team to watch
The Cardinals have a lot of talent collecting at the upper levels of their system, with 16 of the Top 30 starting either with Double-A Springfield or Triple-A Memphis. While Springfield leads the way with nine Top 30 guys, Memphis should be awfully fun to watch with four of the top six in Flaherty, Kelly, O'Neill and Hudson. Three more -- Schrock, Mercado and Gomber -- are ranked in the 10-15 range on the list.

Where baseball's top prospects are starting the 2018 season

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New faces
Munoz came over in December as part of the Stephen Piscotty trade, and he has mamde quite a first impression, hitting .323/.364/.516. That, plus his versatility, landed him a spot on the big league roster on Opening Day.

When the Cardinals traded Randal Grichuk to the Blue Jays in January, they got right-hander Greene in return. His arm strength and size have long been intriguing, though he struggled in Double-A with Toronto last year. He'll head back to that level, this time in the Texas League for his Cardinals debut. He'll be joined by Meisner, who was acquired from the A's in return for reliever Josh Lucas on Saturday.

On the shelf
Reyes continues to rehab from the Tommy John surgery he had in February 2017. He's on track to return at the beginning of May.

*Flaherty started the season with the Cardinals but was optioned Wednesday to Triple-A Memphis.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

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