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Where the Pirates' Top 30 prospects are starting the season

April 4, 2017

With the 2017 season getting started, here's a look at where the Pirates' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season:1. Tyler Glasnow -- Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB)

  1. Austin Meadows -- Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
  2. Mitch Keller -- Bradenton Marauders (A Adv)
  3. Kevin Newman -- Altoona Curve (AA)

With the 2017 season getting started, here's a look at where the Pirates' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season:
1. Tyler Glasnow -- Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB)

  1. Austin Meadows -- Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
  2. Mitch Keller -- Bradenton Marauders (A Adv)
  3. Kevin Newman -- Altoona Curve (AA)
  4. Ke'Bryan Hayes -- Bradenton Marauders (A Adv)
  5. Cole Tucker -- Bradenton Marauders (A Adv)
  6. Will Craig -- Bradenton Marauders (A Adv)
  7. Nick Kingham -- Disabled list
  8. Steven Brault -- Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
  9. Elias Diaz -- Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
  10. Gage Hinsz -- Bradenton Marauders (A Adv)
  11. Taylor Hearn -- Bradenton Marauders (A Adv)
  12. Yeudy Garcia -- Altoona Curve (AA)
  13. Luis Escobar -- West Virginia Power (A)
  14. Travis MacGregor -- Extended Spring Training
  15. Alen Hanson -- Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB)
  16. Trevor Williams -- Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB)
  17. Stephen Alemais -- West Virginia Power (A)
  18. Brandon Waddell -- Altoona Curve (AA)
  19. Kevin Kramer -- Altoona Curve (AA)
  20. Braeden Ogle -- Extended Spring Training
  21. Clay Holmes -- Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
  22. Dovydas Neverauskas -- Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
  23. Edgar Santana -- Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
  24. Max Moroff -- Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
  25. Max Kranick -- Extended Spring Training
  26. Tyler Eppler -- Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
  27. Jose Osuna -- Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
  28. Barrett Barnes -- Disabled list
  29. Eric Wood -- Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
    • Complete Pirates prospect coverage on MLBPipeline.com/Pirates
    Team to watch
    The Pirates system certainly is top heavy. Not only is the top of the Top 30 list impact-talent heavy, even with the graduation of Josh Bell, but there's more talent -- exactly one-third of that list (10) -- in Triple-A than any other affiliate. That's a lot of guys knocking on the door. Bradenton's not a bad alternative, with six guys in the Top 15 starting the year in the Florida State League.
    Where baseball's top prospects are starting the 2017 season
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    Indianapolis Indians
    Altoona Curve
    West Virginia Black Bears
    New faces
    None
    On the shelf
    Right-hander Nick Kingham will start they year on the disabled list. The good news is it's not elbow related (He had Tommy John surgery in 2015). He's out with a sprained ankle. Outfielder Barrett Barnes, who has suffered from hamstring injuries throughout his career, but had strong bounce-back 2016 season, tweaked a hammy again and won't start the season on time. Both should be with Indianapolis when they return.

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