Where Dodgers' Top 30 prospects are starting season

April 4th, 2018

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

1. (MLB No. 12), RHP -- Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA)

2. (MLB No. 33), OF -- Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA)

3. Keibert Ruiz (MLB No. 52), C -- Tulsa Drillers (AA)

4. Mitchell White, RHP -- Extended spring training

5. Yusniel Diaz, OF -- Extended spring training

6. D.J. Peters, OF -- Tulsa Drillers (AA)

7. Jeren Kendall, OF -- Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (A Adv)

8. Yadier Alvarez, RHP -- Tulsa Drillers (AA)

9. Will Smith, C -- Tulsa Drillers (AA)

10. , RHP -- Tulsa Drillers (AA)

11. Dustin May, RHP -- Extended spring training

12. Edwin Rios, 1B/3B/OF -- Extended spring training

13. Gavin Lux, SS/2B -- Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (A Adv)

14. Cristian Santana, 3B -- Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (A Adv)

15. Connor Wong, C -- Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (A Adv)

16. Caleb Ferguson, LHP -- Tulsa Drillers (AA)

17. Starling Heredia, OF -- Great Lakes Loons (A)

18. Jordan Sheffield, RHP -- Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (A Adv)

19. Imani Abdullah, RHP -- Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (A Adv)

20. Errol Robinson, SS/2B -- Tulsa Drillers (AA)

21. Morgan Cooper, RHP -- Extended spring training

22. James Marinan, RHP -- Extended spring training

23. Matt Beaty, 1B/3B -- Extended spring training

24. Tony Gonsolin, RHP -- Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (A Adv)

25. , C/3B -- Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB)

26. Drew Jackson, 2B/SS -- Tulsa Drillers (AA)

27. Romer Cuadrado, OF -- Great Lakes Loons (A)

28. Ronny Brito, SS -- Extended spring training

29. Luke Raley, OF/1B -- Tulsa Drillers (AA)

30. Donovan Casey, OF -- Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (A Adv)

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Team to watch

Though the Dodgers' top two prospects, right-hander Walker Buehler and outfielder Alex Verdugo, are teaming up at Triple-A Oklahoma City, Double-A Tulsa is even more loaded. The Drillers feature the best catching tandem in the Minors in Keibert Ruiz and Will Smith, an imposing slugger in outfielder D.J. Peters (the 2017 high Class A California League MVP) and a pair of flamethrowing righties in Yadier Alvarez and Dennis Santana. Once they're deemed ready to leave extended spring training, righty Mitchell White and Yusniel Diaz will arrive in Tulsa, giving the Drillers seven of the system's 10 best prospects.

Where baseball's top prospects are starting the 2018 season

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Oklahoma City Dodgers

Tulsa Drillers

Great Lakes Loons

New faces

Right-hander Morgan Cooper, a second-rounder last June, has yet to make his pro debut after coming down with shoulder tendinitis last summer.

On the shelf

The Dodgers are playing it safe with several of their top prospects, keeping them in extended spring training for brief periods at the start of the season after they came down with minor dings this spring. That group includes: White and Diaz, who will head to Tulsa; corner infielders Edwin Rios and Matt Beaty (the 2017 Double-A Texas League MVP), ticketed for Oklahoma City when ready; and right-hander Dustin May, who will be assigned to high Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Cooper still is sidelined and will embark on a throwing program later this month.