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Where Cubs' Top 30 prospects are starting season

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With the 2018 season getting started, here's a look at where the Cubs' Top 30 Prospects are projected to start the season:

1. Adbert Alzolay, RHP -- Extended spring training
2. Aramis Ademan, SS -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
3. Oscar De La Cruz, RHP -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
4. Jose Albertos, RHP -- South Bend Cubs (A)
5. Alex Lange, RHP -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
6. Brendon Little, LHP -- South Bend Cubs (A)
7. Thomas Hatch, RHP -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
8. D.J. Wilson, OF -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
9. Nelson Velazquez, OF -- Extended spring training
10. Miguel Amaya, C -- South Bend Cubs (A)
11. Jen-Ho Tseng, RHP -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
12. Dillon Maples, RHP -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
13. Mark Zagunis, OF -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
14. David Bote, 2B/OF -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
15. Justin Steele, LHP -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv) -- DL
16. Jeremiah Estrada, RHP -- Extended spring training
17. Erich Uelmen, RHP -- South Bend Cubs (A)
18. Keegan Thompson, RHP -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
19. Erling Moreno, RHP -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
20. Michael Rucker, RHP -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
21. Alec Mills, RHP -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
22. Zack Short, INF/OF -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
23. Javier Assad, RHP -- South Bend Cubs (A)
24. Bryan Hudson, LHP -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
25. Wladimir Galindo, 3B/1B -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
26. Brailyn Marquez, LHP -- Extended spring training
27. Trevor Clifton, RHP -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
28. Cory Abbott, RHP -- South Bend Cubs (A)
29. Duane Underwood, RHP -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
30. Jason Vosler, 3B -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)

With the 2018 season getting started, here's a look at where the Cubs' Top 30 Prospects are projected to start the season:

1. Adbert Alzolay, RHP -- Extended spring training
2. Aramis Ademan, SS -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
3. Oscar De La Cruz, RHP -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
4. Jose Albertos, RHP -- South Bend Cubs (A)
5. Alex Lange, RHP -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
6. Brendon Little, LHP -- South Bend Cubs (A)
7. Thomas Hatch, RHP -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
8. D.J. Wilson, OF -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
9. Nelson Velazquez, OF -- Extended spring training
10. Miguel Amaya, C -- South Bend Cubs (A)
11. Jen-Ho Tseng, RHP -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
12. Dillon Maples, RHP -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
13. Mark Zagunis, OF -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
14. David Bote, 2B/OF -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
15. Justin Steele, LHP -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv) -- DL
16. Jeremiah Estrada, RHP -- Extended spring training
17. Erich Uelmen, RHP -- South Bend Cubs (A)
18. Keegan Thompson, RHP -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
19. Erling Moreno, RHP -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
20. Michael Rucker, RHP -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
21. Alec Mills, RHP -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
22. Zack Short, INF/OF -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
23. Javier Assad, RHP -- South Bend Cubs (A)
24. Bryan Hudson, LHP -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
25. Wladimir Galindo, 3B/1B -- Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Adv)
26. Brailyn Marquez, LHP -- Extended spring training
27. Trevor Clifton, RHP -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)
28. Cory Abbott, RHP -- South Bend Cubs (A)
29. Duane Underwood, RHP -- Iowa Cubs (AAA)
30. Jason Vosler, 3B -- Tennessee Smokies (AA)

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Team to watch
Aramis Ademan, the Cubs' top position prospect, will take his advanced hitting ability and solid defensive skills to Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach. Other Pelicans of note include Lange, who starred at Louisiana State for three years before becoming a first-round pick last June; Wilson, who has the best all-around tools in the system; and Hudson, who may be on the verge of a breakout.

Where baseball's top prospects are starting the 2018 season

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Iowa Cubs
Tennessee Smokies
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
South Bend Cubs
Eugene Emeralds

New faces
Every one of our Cubs Top 30 Prospects already has debuted in the organization. Chicago will get its first extended look at several pitchers drafted in 2017: Lange, Little (first round), Estrada (sixth), Uelmen (fourth), Thompson (third) and Abbott (second). None of them worked more than 19 pro innings last summer.

On the shelf
Alzolay, the Cubs' top-rated prospect, isn't hurt, but is building up arm strength in extended spring training and likely will head to Triple-A Iowa once he's ready to start. Steele may miss the entire regular season after having Tommy John surgery last August.

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.